Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • spear, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 90.5 x 5.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 35 5/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3927

The short wooden spear has a spearhead about 1/3 of the length, the remainder is handle. The spearhead is yellow with a leaf vein pattern and red and white cross hatched areas between the veins. There are small barbs on either side of the attachment. Most of the handle is red. There are yellow and white bands at either end with a white end. The juncture of the spearhead and handle is white with black birdfoot-like designs.