Summary

This spear is made with a stone head that originated a quarry called Ngilipidji near the Walker River area in the southeast corner of Arnhem Land. The stone heads are called ngambi and are highly prized, often being traded in large bundles with each blade carefully wrapped in paperbark as seen here. The paperbark sheath is intended to keep the very sharp edges from being damaged during transit and are not usually unwrapped until they are ready to be used.

Physical Description

A spear head made of stone wrapped in paperbark overwound with vegetable fibre string. The shaft is painted with natural pigments. The shaft is cut short.

Local Name

ngambi

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