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Old 3rd October 2017, 03:31 PM   #1
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I like to get some help to identify this spearhead ( have got it today from a fleemarket for 10 . The table looks like asian things so I put my post into ethnographic weapons. Feel free to move )

It is 37 cm long. I was sure to see some "lines" under the rust so I bought it. I cleaned it a little bit up and after a handful of seconds of etching there were some brighter layers visible. Maybe a tombak ?

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Old 3rd October 2017, 04:51 PM   #2
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Looks Central to South African.
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Old 3rd October 2017, 05:51 PM   #3
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Looks Central to South African.

Are you sure, Tim?

I can't remember bright pamor-like pattern-welding from that neck of the woods - not my area of expertise though...

Noting that the simple spear head types tend to be very difficult to place positively, I'd assume it to hail from maritime SEA. From the simple base and thickness of the tang, I'd guess this never had any methuk; thus, probably not from Jawa tengah.

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Old 3rd October 2017, 06:19 PM   #4
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i'm inclined to SEA also. the stepped tang looks more tumbuk-ish than so. african. and it's definitely not zulu.
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Old 5th October 2017, 10:54 PM   #5
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I would also vote SEA, most probably somewhere in Indonesia.
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Old 5th October 2017, 11:24 PM   #6
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Hi there
I like to get some help to identify this spearhead ( have got it today from a fleemarket for 10 . The table looks like asian things so I put my post into ethnographic weapons. Feel free to move )

It is 37 cm long. I was sure to see some "lines" under the rust so I bought it. I cleaned it a little bit up and after a handful of seconds of etching there were some brighter layers visible. Maybe a tombak

Any comments will be welcome.

Best Thomas


I am very sure this spear comes from Indonesia
if seen from the blades like Sumatra
but when viewed at the bottom, we used to call it "pesi" looking like a Bugis spear from the island of Sulawesi
but what is clear is that this spear comes from Indonesia

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Old 6th October 2017, 05:33 AM   #7
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Hello Thomas,

I also think it's Indonesian. You should clean it in vinegar or citrus acid to loosen the rust.

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Old 15th October 2017, 02:34 PM   #8
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After cleaning and etching a little bit
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Old 15th October 2017, 04:56 PM   #9
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Hello,
Indonesia too !
Nice pamor !
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Old 15th October 2017, 05:36 PM   #10
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Yes, clearly Indonesian! How you have cleaned and etched it?

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