Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

  • unknown Plains maker
  • bow, 1860s
  • Where object was made: Abilene, Kansas, United States
  • wood, paint, sinew, string, feathers, horse hair, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 126 x 22 x 5 cm width includes feather
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 49 5/8 x 8 11/16 x 1 15/16 in width includes feather
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6489

The nearly straight bow is made from wood. The field is yellow. The concave side is decorated with clusters of three triangles in red and green. The middle handle portion has two short black stripes and a longer thin red stripe. The bowstring is twisted sinew.

The brown striped feather at one end is held on with string and a tuft of light colored horse hair.