University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameMata'a
Object Number:98-11-3
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Easter Island
Date Made: After 1600
Early Date: 1600
Late Date: 1900
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Obsidian
Height: 10 cm
Width: 9 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Alton A. Lindsey, 1998

Description

Flaked obsidian spear point with tang and crescentic cutting edge. One of two such points picked up by Alton A. Lindsey, a member of Admiral Byrd's expedition to the Antarctic in 1933-35, "on the lava flow enroute from Hanga Roa village to [Rano Raraku]." Such points seem to have appeared on Easter Island after A.D. 1600 during a period of prolonged internal strife. Based on native testimony and ethnographic specimens, they functioned as spear points hafted to wooden shafts of variable length (Jesse D. Jennings, The Prehistory of Polynesia, pp. 149-150).


Bibliography:

[Book] Jennings, Jesse D. 1979. The Prehistory of Polynesia.. Harvard University Press. General Reference : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 149-150, Fig. 6.7View Objects related to this General Reference
[Book] Phelps, Steven. 1976. Art and Artefacts of the Pacific, Africa and the Americas.. Hutchinson & Co. Type Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 90 Pl. 46; p. 419 #384-389View Objects related to this Type Citation

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