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Nguni Ceremonial Spear with Female Figural Finial

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Nguni Ceremonial Spear with Female Figural Finial


Creation date: 19th Century
Creation place: Nguni

Other Information

Type: Spear
Medium and Support: Steel
Credit Line: Gift of Sana Art Foundation
Dimensions: 34 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. (87.63 x 5.72 x 5.4 cm)
A unique Nguni ceremonial spear because it is the only one of its kind to have both the original female figure finial and the original long shaft and metal blade; the figure with legs truncated into a circular base; absence of the feet; distinct and muscular claves; rounded, prominent buttocks; broad, cylindrical torso with spine indicated; small incised v-shaped breasts indicated; asymmetrical, broad, rounded shoulders; exaggerated short arms held close to the body with hands asymmetrical resting on the abdomen; incised and sculptural gingers, held together; broad, cylindrical neck; ovoidal-shaped head; wearing the characteristics raised cap-like coiffure for the genre; crescent ears protruding outward and framed by the coiffure small, closely, spaced features to the middle of the facial plane; incised, flat, triangular nose, framed by the oval-shaped eyes inset with tiny beads; slightly opened, raised mouth with defined broad lips; shinny; smooth, red-brown patina."


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Teri Sowell, PhD. Asking For Eyes University Art Gallery, SDSU. San Diego, 2004
Page Number: 69, Figure Number: 79

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