The metal barb was made to be used in hunting dugong or turtle. A hunter in a standing position inside a canoe would hurl a harpoon at the animal and the barb would be embedded in it. A long section of light rope is attached to the barb with a float that enables the hunter to follow the animal until it tires and then catch it.

Physical Description

A metal harpoon head with four barbs on each side. Vegetable fibre is wound around the opposite end and set in resin.

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