This is a long spear measuring 5 foot 2" in length with 15 lethal looking prongs arranged in a circle plus two centre barbs.This arrangement gives the user a 3" wide circle of barbs obviously making it somewhat easier to spear a catch than with just a single barb. It is made of hardwood and is a superb piece of native workmanship. The bindings are beautifully woven and they clearly show some age. I would say that the spear is probably 40 plus years old but age with items such as this is very difficult to judge....I do think it is a "real" item rather than one made specifically as a tourist piece....imagine getting this home on the plane! I also think the origin is Pacific ....Fiji is likely, or otherwise Samoa, or Tonga. It could of course be from Papua New Guinea and I'd appreciate any advice from learned people out there.
Item ID: 4579
At Molloy's of Milford Antiques Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Specialists in Pacific Islands Items, Victoriana, And a Fascinating Range of General Collectibles
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