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harba (spear point)
  • Hawazma peoples
  • harba (spear point), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • metal, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 42.5 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 3/4 x 2 15/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0358
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Description

This is a large leaf-shaped spear point, probably iron. The blade is mostly dark but the edge and a thin line just inside the edge are rubbed or incised to reveal the light silver colored metal under the surface. There is another line down the midline of the blade. It has a hollow stem to insert a wooden shaft.

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. Usually men would just buy the spear point in the market and attach it to the shaft himself.