May River Double Bladed Spear

An extremely rare form of fighting weapon in the form of a symmetrical, double ended spear. The blades of the spear have step-cut and beveled edges and are decorated with a raised median ridge which terminates at either side of the grip with a champlevé, floral motif representing the yam plant. The median grip is protected with twin bands of woven fiber. Iwam People, May River, Upper Sepik, PNG, Melanesia. Black Palm wood and cane with an encrusted patina. 247 cm. 19th century.

Provenance: Ex coll. : John Friede, NY; Marc Assayag, Montreal; A. Bernand, Paris/London.