Object Title

Spear (assegai, umkhonto)

Spear (assegai, umkhonto)

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIL.212

Provenance

Amnesty 1988-1989, Northants Police no. 36

Physical Description

The head is large with bevelled shoulders and a long, tapering point. It has a short tang, a very slight medial ridge and the hammer marks are quite visible. The haft is of wood covered entirely in woven wire, flaring at the butt, which is covered at the bottom in woven wire wrapping. The butt is fitted with a small spike of the same shape as the blade. The top of the wire wrapping is detached.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 98.2 cm (38.7 in), blade length: 26.2 cm (10.4 in) Weight: 0.025 kg (9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Africa, Zulu