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spear in two parts
  • India
  • spear in two parts, late 1800s–1986
  • Where object was made: Assam, India
  • wood, metal, hair, plant fiber, dyeing, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 90 x 23 x 21 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 35 7/16 x 9 1/16 x 8 1/4 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 62.5 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b) 24 5/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Douglas R. Denney
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7445.a,b

The dark brown wooden spear is wrapped with brush-like segments of red and black hair.

2007.7445.a has a "U" shaped metal point with two triangular tips. The conical stem slips over the top of the wooden shaft. "Bristles" of hair appear to be created by twisting the hair into a twisted plant fiber string, which is wrapped around the shaft. The longer fringe of hair is opposed to the pointed end in red and yellow stripes, and solid black. The end is cut at an angle and there is a silver metal sleeve over the end.

2007.7445.b is a wooden shaft mostly covered with red bristles secured with plant fibers. The end is cut at an angle.