Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Spear (Mdung)

18th–19th century
Iron, wood, yak hair, silk
L. overall 74 5/8 in. (189.6 cm); L. of spearhead 20 7/8 in. (53 cm); L. of shaft 56 7/8 in. (144.5 cm)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.179a, b
Not on view
This is a very good example of a fighting spear, including textile and yak hair attachments that may have been added to adapt it for festival or ceremonial use. Spiraling strips of iron coil around the length of the spear shaft to reinforce the wood.
La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 5, 174–75, no. 75, ill.

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