Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Ayoreo maker
  • bow, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • wood, wire, paint, cloth
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 133.5 x 4.5 x 12 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 52 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5377

The wooden bow has a wire bowstring attached to a wooden peg at one end and is wrapped on the other end.

It has a cloth strip wrapped near one end. The bow is painted in three bands and each band has stripes in white, black, light green and red. The light blue-green stripes have dark blue dots and the white stripes have light blue-green dots. There are red and light blue-green dots on the white stripes at the end of the bow.