This is a Vintage Old Iron and Wood Hunting Spear that comes from the Ifugao Tribal People of the Mountain Provinces of the Philippines The Ifugao name means inhabitant of the known world, earth people, mortals or humans, as distinguished from spirits and deities. Many of the older Ifugao still today continue to live like their ancestors did. Ifugao men hunt rodents, small mammals and wild pigs with spears, which come in three varieties: one which is used as a hunting stick, another with a magically-shaped iron tip reserved for big game, and yet another used for ceremonial dances, which never leaves the village. This spear is for hunting larger animal. The tallest and most elegant spear is know as the chieftains spear, as a symbol of peace agreement between other neighboring tribes. Headhunting is banned, but it is probably still being practiced today. This spear is entirely handmade, the head hand forged showing delaminations( imperfections) which suggest it is damascus steel, with a raised central ridge on either side. It has its sharp edges, and the handle is a single section of darkly grained exotic hardwood, retaining its original iron point. This is a wonderful vintage Ifugao tribal spear that would be a wonderful addition to your collection as well as your home.
Shows age and use, has a nice patina, but overall in good condition.
51 Inches long
1 1/4 Inches Wide
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