Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown maker from Brazil
  • arrow, mid 1900s–1948
  • Where object was made: Brazil
  • reed, wood, seed?, metal, feathers, plant fiber, gum resin
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 159.5 x 6 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 62 13/16 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Pirtle
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7152

The very long arrow has a brown reed shaft and a dark brown wood foreshaft and a leaf-shaped dark grey metal point. There is a round wooden bead or seed at the junction between the shaft and the foreshaft. The joints are wrapped with plant fiber and resin. There are two feathers at the opposite end. One feather is dark blue on one side and red on the other, the other feather appears to be dark brown. There are small red feathers at the binding. The feathers are secured with string. The end of the arrow is notched.