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harba (spear point)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • harba (spear point), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • iron, incising, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 26.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 3/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0375
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Description

This iron spear point has a conical end to accept a shaft. The flat stem is decorated with three bands of incised "X's," a row of dots down the middle, and barbs that are carved out of the edges. The three sets of barbs near the blade are directed away from the blade. The one set near where the shaft would be is larger, but pointing the same direction as the point. It has a folate blade.

Spears were used for protection, and in the past would have been used for hunting. In contemporary times, they are often used as accessories as well. The barbed spears were often used for fishing. Usually men would just buy the spear point in the market and attach it to the shaft himself.