Spear (Mdung)

Date: 18th–19th century

Culture: Tibetan

Medium: Iron, wood, yak hair, silk

Dimensions: L. overall 74 5/8 in. (189.6 cm); L. of spearhead 20 7/8 in. (53 cm); L. of shaft 56 7/8 in. (144.5 cm)

Classification: Shafted Weapons

Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001

Accession Number: 2001.179a, b


This is a very good example of a fighting spear, including textile and yak hair attachments that may have been added to adapt it for festival or ceremonial use. Spiraling strips of iron coil around the length of the spear shaft to reinforce the wood.