Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bird stunner
  • Brazil
  • bird stunner, 1940s
  • Where object was made: Brazil
  • wood, reed, plant fiber, gum resin, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 142 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 55 7/8 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Pirtle
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7137

The long spear has a brown reed shaft. It has a dark brown wood point that is long and narrow and widens to a blunt "stunner" tip which is intended to stun rather than pierce the prey. There is a plant fiber wrapping at the joint and the end of the shaft is covered with resin.