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, wood, plant fiber, gum resin, string
  • 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
  • 2007.4019.09

The arrow has a bamboo shaft. The point is made from a piece of bamboo with an oblique cut for a tip. The short piece of darker brown wood inserts into the tip and shaft, and is held in place with plant fiber wrapping at either end. There is resin at the proximal end of the bamboo point over the top of the string wrapping.