- Museum number
Atlatl, spear thrower made of wood and ivory. Rectilinear in outline, triangulate in section, the handle is subtly carved to fit the palm, with a long, shallow chamfer cut to accept the index finger within its socket. The short, shallowly fluted spear shaft groove is terminated by an ivory spur. Parts of the handle are coloured red. and the grooved side was similarly coloured but is now much faded. A slight curve can be seen along the length of the atlatl, probably deliberately included within the form to increase leverage during the throwing action.
Length: 48 centimetres
Thickness: 1.50 centimetres
Width: 4.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Circular label pasted to object reads: "4726 Aleut (O.T. Mason) C.C."
A note on the Christy slip reads:" For the barbed sea-otter dart (O.T. Mason".
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am186?C1.4726 (old CDMS no.)