Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Ifugao or Negrito peoples
  • spear, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: Philippines
  • bamboo, metal, feathers, plant fiber, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 199.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 78 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of the Olga E. and Lt. Colonel Raymond H. Hollis family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7205

The spear has a light natural colored bamboo shaft and an elaborate metal point. The point is triangular, but a portion of the stem is flattened from side to side in the opposite direction and has one barb. The stem has small teeth-like notches on the edges. The point is inserted into the end of bamboo and is secured with plant fiber wrapping. The narrow bands of plant fiber wrapping are scattered down the length of the shaft, some are decorated with downy red feathers. There is a cluster of brown feathers that are notched at the loose ends and they are secured at the end opposite the point with plant fiber wrapping.