Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • spear, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Australia
  • wood, emu feathers, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 149 x 31 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 58 11/16 x 12 3/16 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7424

The wooden spear has a tuft of white emu feathers at one end. The wooden point appears to be continuous with the shaft, though there is a wide raised ridge where a joint would be. The ridge is painted white with a thin black line on either side, the point also has thin black and white lines near the end. The emu feathers appear to be secured with string, which is covered with white paint and a wide black line. The exposed wood is dark brown with a small bit of lighter brown on the point.