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Congolese Iron Spear - PF.4918
Origin: Congo
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 63.75" (161.9cm) high x 3" (7.6cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Iron

Location: United States
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Stark, unadorned, elegant and deadly this spear seems to pierce through the sky. When thrown by an expert it flew through the air with absolute accuracy, hitting its mark with a power many times its weight. Yet, when placed on a pedestal this formidable weapon is transformed into a work of art, as if there is a shift in energy, from active to passive, without sacrificing one for the other. The refined balance in form was necessary to achieve maximum effectiveness against lion or human enemy. It is these precise qualities that inadvertently turn a functional object into an aesthetic creation. Another intriguing aspect is the blacksmiths themselves, who are regarded with awe by their people as someone who can 'transform' resistant materials into something else. This act of "magic" is what may lie at the heart of this spear's attraction, forever tantalizing us with its lethal power and subtle beauty. - (PF.4918)


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