From the Rambaugh Palace, Jaipur. 18th-19th century. Original haft, 6’ overall length as made and confirmed by the root ball butt of the cane haft. Medially ridged leaf-shaped point unscrews for transport. The conical socket is marked with the Rambaugh Palace inventory number which is repeated on a brass tag attached to the haft. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, great clearances were taking place to provide land for the growing population. Tigers are very territorial and would remain after the land was cleared, sometimes killing villagers. Removal of the tigers and particularly the “man-eaters” was a sport for royalty and their English guests. This spear would have been used on horseback for that purpose.