Ray-shaped Spear

unknownRepublic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea
Seoul, South Korea

This is a stingray spear used for diving into the sea and catching coastal fish such as stingrays. Stingray spears consist of a blade, a tang, and a handle. The tang is made in a cylinder shape so that it can be fitted into the handle, while the handle and the tang are bound together with a fishing line. Stingrays are coastal fish with a horizontally wide body and a long tail, and can be caught in shallow water by diving and other means, without heading out to the distant sea. Unlike a harpoon or a javelin, jjilgaesal, or a spear design to catch a larger fish, has no barb that makes it difficult for the fish to struggle free, therefore it is thrown to pierce through the fish, and the stingray spear also belongs to this category.


  • Title: Ray-shaped Spear
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Since the Liberation of Korea
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall length 105
  • Type: Industry/Livelihood/Fishery/Fishery
  • Medium: Metal/Steel

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