Ancestral Spear Finial

Humboldt Bay, West Papua

Wood, pigment

19th/early 20th Century

Ex van Lier Collection

40 in/101 cm SOLD

Dugong, a local sea cow, was hunted for its meat and teeth in the Humboldt Bay area with great long spears decorated with ancestral motifs. Note the possible genealogical diagram along the circumference. Early voyagers often chopped off the spear end to make transport easier as in this case.