Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Papua New Guinea
  • bow, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Papua New Guinea
  • wood, plant fiber, carving, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 157 x 8.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 61 13/16 x 3 3/8 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7155

The wooden bow is thicker in the middle and is rounded on the concave side. It is tapered at the ends. The length of the bow is covered with woven plant fibers in brown and yellow in a pattern of diamonds. The ends are wrapped in brown and yellow stripes. There is a twisted plant fiber bowstring.