Angoni Zulu war spear

length: 52"
spear head: 16"
head width: 1"
shaft: 36"
weight: 1 lb 6.8 oz

Long iron head on this war spear from the Angoni, a migratory Zulu tribe. This particular dates from the days of Chief Mpharembe, sometime before 1940, and was collected in Emcisweni, Malawi. The slender wooden shaft is wrapped in rawhide near the spearhead junction, and with blackened copper wire and iron bands at the butt end for strength and balance. An extremely nice example of a relatively rare spear.