Lance made of wood, metal, textile, feathers. Red cloth covers the hook and the shaft is covered in yellow fabric. Dark and white feathers are spaced at regular intervals in rows of 4-5 in each colour. A bunch of short spotted feathers hangs from the top tip.
- Found/Acquired: USA
- (Americas,North America,United States of America)
- Length: 1.93 centimetres
This type of feather staff was one of the essential items denoting belonging to a particular warrior society. Each tribe had different types and variations appeared within a single society. Variations occur on the basis of number, position and colour of feathers used on the staff, the use of cloth, skin or fur wrappings along the shaft (partial, total, none), the use of commercial cloth (red, blue), scalps, locks, paint, the staff shape (crooked, or straight) and lenght. (Max Carocci, 23/10/2008)
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
Acquisition details unknown.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: ENA20534
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