Ifugao Culture, Philippines

19th Century

A finely-built and extremely-sharp Steel Spear Blade with a raised midrib on either face and a gradually-tapering point. Its socketed end is fashioned from two lateral flanges curved together to form a shaft.

A pair of braided reed strips adorn the top and bottom of the socketing end; these are solely for aesthetic appeal. This example would have been mounted on a lengthy pole and used for any number of tribal practices.


Provenance: private, Rochester, Michigan