Spear

About this object

History of use

Spears were used as weapons in warfare, which traditionally occupied an important place in Fijian culture. Spears were also used in ceremonial dancing.

Narrative

Purchased by Mr. Bond from A.M. Brodziak, Ltd., in Fiji.

Cultural context

warfare; ceremonial

Physical description

Dark brown wood spear, round in cross-section, with the shaft tapered to the butt. The tip is coiled with binding of flat plant fibre, now partially broken, covering the point to 48 cm. from the tip. In the binding, there are set broken remains of five sets of four bone barbs at 4, 13, 23, 35, 45 cm. from the tip. Thick plant fibre sleeve is 53.7-55.3 cm. from the tip. Carved with figures that have circular eyes and a large diamond-shaped nose with a wood ball below.