Spear Thrower

200 BCE–200 CE
Location: 232 Andean
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Spear throwers, also called atlatls, use leverage to propel a spear faster and farther through the air.


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.
Spear Thrower

Spear Thrower

200 BCE–200 CE

Peru, South Coast, late Paracas or early Nasca style

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