Rare Thrusting Spear, Hawaiian Islands
length 79in (200cm)
Emma Nakuina (1847-1929), Hawaii, first curator of the Hawaiian National Museum, forerunner to the Bishop Museum.
Thence by decent
According to Buck (1957: pp. 421-23), "Short spears were for both thrusting and throwing, and the points might be either barbed or unbarbed...
...Unbarbed spears divide into two classes: those with blade points and those with round points...
...Spears with rounded points have the points evenly trimmed in from the whole circumference of the shaft junction so that any cross section is circular. The shaft reaches a greater maximum diameter than in the blade-pointed spears but the greatest diameter is nearer the point...From the part of greatest thickness, the shafts taper gradually to the butt ends...The shafts thus resemble those of the barbed spear."