B is walking with the atlatl in his hand, and armed with javelins.
An atlatl was the weapon which had replaced the stone axe in the stone age.
This suggests, of course, that this may have been a dart for use with a thrower or atlatl.
The water jug, the aspergill, and the atlatl and quiver of lances disappeared from the table.
The derivation from atlatl, arrow, would seem more appropriate to the words of this hymn.
Native American throwing stick, 1871, from Nahuatl (Aztec) atlatl "spear-thrower."