Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • spearhead, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, sinew, gum resin, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 67 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 26 3/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4035

The elaborately carved spearhead has five bands of double barbs and a band of single barbs at either end of the carved area. There is a long point at one end. The other end is divided, apparently to be attached to a shaft. There are remnants of sinew and resin at the divided end.