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Maasai Hunting Spear Iron Blade Kenya African Art 81 Inch

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Title Maasai Hunting Spear Iron Blade Kenya African Art 81 Inch
Type of Object Spear, weapon
Country of Origin Kenya and northern Tanzania
People Maasai
Materials Wood, metal
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 81 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.

Additonal Information: The spear has long been the weapon of choice of the Maasai. It is used to defend cattle, community and the warrior himself against wild animals and invaders. Constructed from wood and iron, it is deemed to be the single most valued personal possession after livestock. There are countless romanticized tales that center around these tall, imposing Maasai giants, fighting courageously against man and beast. They are the mighty lion hunters of Africa, brave of heart and the able assassins of any human attacker.