Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Hawazma peoples
  • spear, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Nyala, Southern Darfur, Sudan
  • bamboo, metal
  • Object Length/Width: 225 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 88 9/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5185

The long spear has a bamboo shaft. It has a large metal point with a sleeve to fit over the end of the shaft. The opposite end has a small strip of metal wrapped around the end.

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