Spearhead

DP Temp 2321

About this object

In the 16th century, glass bottles began to drift into the northwestern shores of Australia from Portuguese trading posts in Indonesia. Aboriginal Autralians used their existing stoneworking skills to make spear points out of bottleglass, creating fine blades which they traded over long distances.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Tools
  • Culture
    Aboriginal
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Oceania: Australia: Western Australia
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Glass
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Source currently unrecorded.
  • Collector
    H M Courage
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1901 before
  • Measurements
    127 mm
  • Note
    A long, leaf-shaped symmetrical point in pale green glass. The side edges are serrated and finely-worked. Known as a Kimberley point, spearheads such as this one were made from bottleglass using pressure-flaking techniques.
  • Related people
    H M Courage ( Collector, previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • H M Courage

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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