Carved wood, piments, fiber, obsidian blade
19th or early 20th century
Height : 81 in. (206 cm)
Collected during the Korrigane expedition (1934-1936)
Inventory number / Loan to Musée de l’Homme Paris: #D39-3/ 2015
Ex private collection Paris
Published: “Le Voyage de la Korigane dans les Mers du Sud”, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, 2001Published: Pure Forms, 2014
A comprehensive study/typology of Admiralty Islands spears was notably published by Robin Torrence. "Obsidian-tipped Spears and Daggers: What can we learn from 130 years of museum collecting" in Christian Kaufmann, Christin Kocher Schmid and Sylvia Ohnemus, eds. Admiralty Islands Art from the South Seas. Zürich: Museum Rietberg, 2002, pp.73-80).
The iconography of this 19th century spear is highly characteristic of ancient Admiralty Islands art with the depiction of human figure emerging from the mouth of a crocodile.