Object Title

Throwing spear - isijula or umkhonto

Throwing spear - isijula or umkhonto

Date

1800-1988

Object Number

XXVIL.207

Provenance

Police Amnesty 1988-1989

Physical Description

The head is slim, small and leaf shaped, with a slight medial ridge and a long, exposed tang inserted into a wooden haft. The haft undulates slightly and has several small cracks running along the length. The butt is carved into a flared pendulum shape. At the junction of the haft and tang is a collar formed of closely woven metal wire, probably iron, with a silver sheen still evident on some of the outer surface.

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1330 mm
OverallWeight420 g
Blade and tangLength410 mm
BladeLength93 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible.

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