Barbed Arrow / Spear / Weapon, Handcarved from the Nimo Tribe, Arian River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea
Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies . . . enemies who might have stolen livestock or crops from another. Used infrequently but ONLY for the purpose of killing a person. The head of the arrow is about 14” long and an inch wide. It is carved from a piece of bamboo with carefully sharpened barbs on each side. A piece of art! The black paint on the spear’s head is made from tree sap. A small vine – with sharp thorns – is tied to the head on the front and back. Don’t try to pull this out of a wound!! The shaft is made of “pit-pit” – a type of bamboo. The head is glued to the shaft with sap and secured with twine from plant fibers. The designs are added and the orange pigment is obtained from a seed pod from a locust tree. An extraordinary weapon. Circa mid-1900’s. Stands are not included. Would be shipped in 2 pieces. For the Serious Collector.
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