Spear (Mdung)

Tibetan

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.

Not on view

Public Domain

Object Details

Date: 18th–19th century

Culture: Tibetan

Medium: Iron, wood, yak hair, silk

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Shafted Weapons

Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.179a, b

[Art dealer, London, until 2001; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet," April 5–July 4, 2006, no. 75.

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.