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Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia


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Collection No. T-5241
Size Length 64cm to 99cm
Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia
Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia
Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia
Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia
Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia
Set of Six Fine Aboriginal Ceremonial Spears Northern Territory Australia

This set of six finely carved & painted Ceremonial Spears is from Wadeye (previously known as Port Keats) in the Northern Territory of Australia. They were collected in the mid-1960s

Wadeye is a remote Aboriginal community 420 kilometers by road southwest of Darwin.

Traditional owners Kardu Diminin, consisting of 22 Clan groups living in Wadeye who are traditional owners for areas in the surrounding region. The main language is Murrinh-patha.

Ceremonial Spears were made and use during the initiation of young boys into manhood, carried by ceremonial dancers, and they were used in peacemaking ceremonies call Makarrata meaning “an Aboriginal ceremonial ritual symbolizing the restoration of peace after a dispute”.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic and Aboriginal  Art.