Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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spearhead with holder
  • Oceania
  • spearhead with holder, late 1800s–1967
  • metal, wood, plant fiber, cloth, shell?, paint, carving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: a 11 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width: a 4 5/16 x 3/4 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b 27.5 x 17 x 2.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 10 13/16 x 6 11/16 x 1 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3976.a,b

The small metal spearhead (2007.3976.a) has a short, shallow stem to receive a shaft.
The wooden holder for spearhead (2007.3976,b) is a rectangular wooden block with a recess for the spearhead and a smaller block over the top of the recess to hold the spearhead in place. A band of braided plant fiber is wrapped around the block to keep it in place. There are notches from the corners or larger rectangle and a metal loop at one end. There is a metal loop on one side at the plant fiber wrapping to hold decoration. The decoration is a strip of blue cloth with eight shell circles stitched in place with plant fiber that has been painted red. The same plant fiber wraps either end of the cloth.