Description & Technical information

An extremely rare form of fighting weapon in the form of a symmetrical, double ended spear. The blades of the spear have step-cut and beveled edges and are decorated with a raised median ridge which terminates at either side of the grip with a champlevé, floral motif representing the yam plant. The median grip is protected with twin bands of woven fiber. Iwam People, May River, Upper Sepik, PNG, Melanesia.

Date:  19th century
Period:  1750-1850, 1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  Melanesia
Medium: Black Palm wood, Cane with an encrusted patina
Dimensions: 247 cm (97¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: Ex coll. : John Friede, NY; Marc Assayag, Montreal; A. Bernand, Paris/London.
Categories: Tribal Art