Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Plains maker
  • bow, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • ash wood, pigment, porcupine quills, sinew, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 102.5 x 3 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 40 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 1 3/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6849

The wooden bow has a sinew bowstring. The bow is nearly flat and the bowstring is not attached at the notch. The bow is slightly tapered at the ends. There are sets of four dark marks on either side of either end, and a red line down the center. The tab on the center of the bowstring is wrapped with red quills.