Spear

Description
In many areas of Oceania, the sea was considered as an ancestral domain inhabited by spiritual beings. Multi-pronged spears are constructed using coconut palm blades and were intended for catching large fish such as bonito tuna and even sharks, one of the forms that the spirits could take. Such activities were, at times, associated with male initiation rites.
Accession Loan No.
33/1953/23
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
spear
Simple Name
spear
Full Name
fishing spear
Dimensions
whole length 1892 mm; whole width 80 mm
Production Year High
1953
Production County
Goodenough Island, D’Entrecast- eaux group
Production Country
Papua New Guinea
Production Area Region
Melanesia
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood; palmwood; vegetable fibre
Function Name
weapon
Collection Area Region
MELAN
Collection Continent
Pacific

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