Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Kuba Kingdom peoples
  • spear, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Zaire (present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 145.5 x 4 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 57 5/16 x 1 9/16 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7179

The wooden spear has a large point on one end and a small point on the other. The large point is long and leaf-shaped and is on a conical stem that fits over the end of the wooden shaft. The other point is smaller and leaf-shaped and also fits over the end of the wooden shaft. There is a section near the smaller point that is carved with raised rings and constrictions. The shaft is wrapped with a narrow strip of silver colored metal coiling around the shaft between the carved section and the point. The remainder of the shaft is straight, with two sections of silver colored metal wrapping. The bulbous extension next to the larger point has a band of brass tacks. It is dark brown.