Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Aché peoples
  • bow, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 217 x 3.5 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 85 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5522

The large bow's wooden portion is cylindrical and slightly bent. One end is tapered to a point. The bowstring is made from twisted plant fiber. The bowstring is looped around the tapered end and wraped around the opposite end a number of times. The wooden portion has short vertical striations in dark brown and medium brown.