Red Naga Spear
While the spear was one of the traditional weapons of the Naga people, decorated spears such as this were used for only ceremonial purposes. During hunting dances, men would perform with spears and other weapons to ward off evil spirits.
This spear is carved from a lightweight but strong wood, and the bottom is typically pointed since it wasn’t made to be put down. Dyed hair – goat, horse, wild boar or sometime human – decorates most of the shaft, secured with rope made of plant fiber. The dying process was sacred with many rules and superstitions, and the colors came from local plants. The tip of this spear is missing but it would be made of brass.
Circa: 20th Century
Material: Wood, hair, plant fiber, and brass
Condition: Very Good, Mounted on a stand
Inventory number: DL1076