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spear with leopard fur
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • spear with leopard fur, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • wood, iron, wire, leopard fur, cord, leather, wool, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 120 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width: 47 1/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0335

This is a spear with a short wooden shaft enclosed in a sheath of leopard fur. There is a long iron point at one end and a long iron counterweight at the other end with a flared end. Each iron element is about 1/3 of the length and the wooden shaft is about 1/3 of the total length. It has unbleached cord wrapped around the middle, and one end of the leopard covered shaft. The other end has a bit of red wool. Both ends have a band of woven leather. There is a piece of wire wrapped around the red wool, which has gouged the leather band. The iron point has four ridges.