Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bird spear
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • bird spear, mid 1800s–1895
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • wood, bone, cord, iron, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 154 x 8 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 60 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0561
Label Text

This is a long spear with a brown wooden shaft and a long metal point with a barb near the end. The two barbed bone prongs midway down the shaft are held in place with sinew wrapping.