Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Arunta maker
  • spear, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: northeast of Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 193.5 x 6 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 76 3/16 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7164

The wooden spear has a cylindrical shaft that is continuous with the flattened and barbed spear head. The end of the shaft is yellow and the middle of the shaft is red. Most of the spear head is black, with small white and yellow dots on barbs. The point is red and the area below the barbs has a band of white, yellow, and red.