Aboriginal Spear

Aboriginal spear from Arnhem Land

 

Object type: Payback spear

Locality: Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia

Artist: Unknown

Circa: 1960

Length: 45 cm

Description:

This aboriginal spear was collected by David Oldmeadow who was Cameraman and close friend of Malcolm Douglas. It is probably a payback spear used to punish wrongdoers. It is not thrown but used to stab someone in the leg as a traditional form of punishment. It is beautifully painted and probably originates from Yirrkala

Price: $650

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