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spear in two pieces
  • Australian Aboriginal peoples
  • spear in two pieces, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, bark string, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 145 x 3 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 57 1/16 x 1 3/16 x 13/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 143.5 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 56 1/2 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7146.a,b

The very long light brown wooden spear has a wooden point that is slightly wider and angled and is secured by bark string wrapping. The opposite end has a small segment wrapped with bark string. The shaft has been cut near the middle, at an angle.

2007.7146.a is the end of the spear including the point and 2007.7146.b is the opposite end and there is a small amount of plant fiber wrapping near the cut end. The two pieces are tied together at each end.