Wood and metal - Late nineteenth to early twentieth century
This metal spear, with a wooden shaft, was used by the Tarok people of northern Nigeria, known to many Europeans in the ninteenth century as the Yergum people. It was collected and donated to Reading Museum by Frank Aust, a missionary with the Sudan United Mission in Nigeria.
Frank Aust worked at the Rock Station mission station in Nigeria from its foundation in September 1904. The Museum holds no information about his work in Nigeria, but it is most probable that the objects he donated to the Museum were collected during his time there. Aust returned to England in around 1908, and later worked in Reading as a teacher of civil engineering.
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