Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fishing spear
  • unknown Native Alaskan maker
  • fishing spear, late 1800s–1972
  • Where object was made: Arctic Village, Alaska, United States
  • wood, bone, ivory?, sinew
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 102 x 12 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 40 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 9/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5714

The light natural wooden shaft is rectangular in cross section. There are two bone prongs at the end, held to the end with sinew wrapping. The inside of the bone prongs have ivory points, held in place with sinew wrapping. There is a lightly larger ivory point at the end of the wooden shaft, also held in place with sinew wrapping.