Fish spear

Description
The upper prong was aimed at its target and, due to the illusion caused by refraction, the other two points speared the fish. Collected 1826-7 on HMS Blossom.
Accession Loan No.
51/1916/9
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
fish spear
Simple Name
spear
Full Name
fish spear
Dimensions
whole length 853 mm
Cultural Group
Inupiat or Yup’ik Eskimo
Production County
Bering Strait / Northwest Alaska
Production Area Region
N
Production Continent
America
Family Group

Material
wood; bone; sinew
Function Name
weapon
Function Detail
Thrown from a kayak using a throwing board, atlatl, to increase the speed of the spear. The spear was thrown to skim over the water, to catch waterfowl by the neck or wing during the summer moult when they could not fly.
Collection Area Region
N
Collection Continent
America

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