East Coast Hunting
1. Elegant long thin section non barbed example of early East Coast Aboriginal hunting & fighting spear.
US $ 950
2. Beautiful delicate example of an old decorated perforated ridge hunting & fighting spear.
Port Keats Style Ritual Fighting Spears
3 & 4
Composite construction with kangaroo tendon bound in decorative hard wood barbed heads attached to giant reed flight shaft. Rare to find full old examples as usually the decorative heads are kept & the shaft discarded. Made for big ceremonies as display prestige objects & fighting revenge raids. Vestige of red & white ochres. Long at three metres.
US $1,250 each
Tiwi Pukamani Spears
5 & 6
Ceremonial spears were used in Tiwi mortuary ceremonies known as Pukamani. The Tiwi assign gender groupings to these spears. Female spears arawinikiri, such as these superb examples have barbs along both sides. Male Spears tunkalinta tunkaringa, have barbs on one side only. The highly stylised painted artefacts for which Tiwi people are world-famous are produced as part of these elaborate ceremonies. Finely & elaborately carved old traditional Pukamani rare ceremonial spears cWW11. Length: 210cm (83 inches).
US $850 each
Desert Punishment Spear
7. Traditional hardwood beautiful example of a broad blade Central desert punishment spear. Vestige of red ochre showing. Used for stabbing Aboriginal offender in the upper thigh as traditional retribution.