Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • arrow, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • bamboo, plant fiber, Job's tears, gum resin, string, weaving
  • Object Length/Diameter: 111 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 43 11/16 x 9/16 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4019.01

The arrow has a shaft of bamboo and a point made from an oblique cut of bamboo. The recess inside the point has a stack of Job's tears seeds and black resin. There is a long segment at the proximal end of the point that is wrapped with string that may be covered with resin. The short dark brown segment adjacent to the string wrapped portion appears to be held in place with a band of woven plant fiber.