Ceremonial Spear Tip from Melville Island

Item CT02 

This Item was Sold on 12 October 2008 for $87

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This ceremonial spear tip is from the far north of the Northern Territories and probably from Melville Island. It is ornately carved and then decorated with ceremonial ochre paints in a style that is usually found in the coastal regions of the Northern Territories such as in Arnhemland or on Groote Eylandt, Bathurst Island or Melville Island. It was probably made in the mid 20th Century. It is in excellent condition. Most, if not all, of the paint is intact and there is no damage of any kind. It is in the best condition of any spear tip that I have seen and is a good collectable. Because of it's delicate condition, it will have to be packed carefully with reinforcing structural material to insure a safe delivery. Length = 107 cm ; Weight = 100 gm

This artifact is from the estate of Dain Torguson. The family will use the proceeds resulting from the sale of this item to finish and diplay an unfinished sculpture by Dain. The sculpture will reside in a public library in Rapid City, North Dakota.

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