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Zaire Hunting Spear: On Display at United Nations

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  • United Nations exhibit
Item 981
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****This item was on display May 8 - June 29, 2012 : "Indigenous Peoples and Food Sovereignty" An exhibition in recognition of Indigenous Peoples on the occasion of the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Visitor's Lobby, General Assembly Building, UN Headquarters, NYC. ****

Spears can be used for the hunt, as a weapon or as valued ceremonial paraphernalia. The spear was an integral part to the survival of virtually every African during times past and its historical importance should never be over shadowed. To obtain a spear of any kind the villager must first successfully achieve rites of passage. It is the goal of most African boys to become at the very least an adept hunter or warrior. Once this goal is reached, after much ceremony the spear is given. A prized spear is retained well past its usage, serving as a reminder of battles won or game killed. Spears today are often made for the trade replicating past tribal traditions. The Zaire spear on display represents the type of African art that we are especially proud to offer. The spear is a one of a kind personal item that was made for use and not the trade. The 36 inch long shaft was cut from a strong heavy hard wood that now brandishes a dark patina. The center hand grip and the two spearhead binds were fashioned from a tough animal hide whose decorative hair is long gone. What have been left interestingly enough are four good luck tokens or charms that have been fastened with a heavy twine around the center grip. Two are of wood and two are of seed. These four items were special to the owner. These four items were special to the owner. The spears heads are double pronged, and rusty from outdoor exposure and basic neglect nevertheless they are heavy and sound. This selection coupled with age, authenticity and highlighted with personal effects is a collectors dream.

The United Nations spear has been sold. 

Dimensions: 60 inches long. The metal spear heads are 14 and 10 inches long.

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