Stone 199 #10. Khond, 37 ½” length. Wood haft with cast brass butt and tip mounts, the later with an iron spear point. Mustache shaped iron blade with crested skull crusher socket back. Brass spine lashed to the back to prevent cutting in battle. Khond are noted for their cannibalistic human sacrifice ritual, Meriah in which a victim is lashed to a beam and displayed to the gathered worshipers then dispatched by strangulation or blade. The flesh is then divided among the attendants and consumed. The ritual was believed to assure a productive growing season. Their defense of the forest against British intrusion ultimately led to war in 1836. Exceptional example as these are rarely found complete.

 

 

Stock Number: FNS5574

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