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Barbed Arrow / Spear / Weapon, Handcarved from the Nimo Tribe, Arian River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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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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