- Museum number
Spear of wood, stone, cord, gum. Black stone head is fixed into bamboo shaft with cord and gum painted with red pigment.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1870)
- Curator's comments
Simpson 2021 suggests that P P King may have distributed this object among his private networks in England before it came to the British Museum via Vallentin. It is likely that King sent this object (among a number of boxes) to Rev Roe at Newbury Rectory before it was further distributed. At the time of King's return, there was then no clear destination for objects collected on these naval voyages,even though the Admialty sought such collections.
Christy collection registration slip description, written in the 1860s?:
North coast of Australia? Spear tipped with a flake of black stone having smooth angular 'flake' surface on one face, the other being chipped convex. L 4 1/2 W 1/2. Fixed into a long tapering yellow bamboo shaft (which has longtitudinal striped painted red, scraped on it ) with cord and gum painted red.
Later addition: Hanover Bay? See King's Survey.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The reference to Vallentin probably relates to Sir James Vallentin from whose collection Franks acquired other material in 1870 from the Christie's sale of his collection, 28.7.1870 (eg. Oc 6755).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1870C1.6224 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1870C0303.85