Peru, South Coast, late Paracas or early Nasca style / Spear Thrower / 200 BC-200Peru, South Coast, late Paracas or early Nasca style
Spear Thrower
200 BC-200

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Creator Nationality: South American; Pre-Columbian; Paracas
Creator Name-CRT: Peru, South Coast, late Paracas or early Nasca style
Title: Spear Thrower
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -20
Creation End Date: 200
Creation Date: 200 BC-200
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Arms and Armor
Materials and Techniques: bone, hematite, cotton thread, sinew
Dimensions: Diameter: 2cm, Overall: 5.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1940.507
Credit Line: The Norweb Collection

Spear throwers improve a spear's range and thrust. The spear was placed against the stone pivot and hurled using the thumb rest, carved as a figure with a skeletal chest, back-bent head, and a severed human head at its rear. This figure, frequent in art, is not well understood, but its appearance here suggests a connection to death. The shaft's carving makes clever use of the bone's marrow cavity.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1940.507
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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