- Museum number
Spear-head made of human bone (femur).
- Production date
- 1850-1911 (circa)
Height: 26.50 centimetres
Width: 3.50 centimetres
Depth: 2.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register reads: Marovo Lagoon, N. Georgia.
This artefact is one of two illustrated and described in detail by Woodford in Man 1911 No.76, where he says they were "from the island of New Georgia", but presumably he was also responsible for the more specific provenance in the register.
Other relevant information in the Man 1911 article is that they: "... were discovered on the site of a very old burying place. The wooden shafts upon which they were mounted appeared to have been about seven feet long and to have been made of some dark heavy wood, but they were much decayed. The spear heads are made from human femur ...." (The remainder of the article is purely descriptive or speculative.)
See Paravicini 1931 plate 25 for a similar example in Museum vur Volkerkund, Basel, attributed to Guadalcanal
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a collection of 43 Solomon Islands artefacts purchased from Woodford for £90 from the Christy Fund in 1915, registered as Oc1915.21 to 64.
Woodford visited and resided in Solomon Islands between 1884 and 1914, first as a naturalist, then as first Resident Commissioner for the British Solomon Islands Protectorate
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1915C3.52 (old CDMS no.)