Date: 17th–18th century
Medium: Iron, gold, silver
Dimensions: L. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
Classification: Shafted Weapons
Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001
Accession Number: 2001.180
This spearhead was probably made for use by an oracle, or in another ceremony or ritual involving the propitiation of a deity, as indicated by its form and decoration, and particularly by the prominently placed word kyai, written in a Tibetan script. This symbol, known as a seed syllable, was sometimes used to invoke a deity in ritual contexts.