Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • bow, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar wood, string, paint
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 75 x 4 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 29 1/2 x 1 9/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5715

The small bow is painted with formline designs. It has a light natural colored wood slat, tapered at either end, and notched to accomodate the bowstring. It has a slight constriction in the middle for a handhold. There are two iterations of the same design on the concave side. There is a bird's head in profile, with a large eye and a pupil and a large beak, slightly open, with thick black lines. The eye is blue and the beak is red. There is another eye shape, rotated 90 degrees behind the primary eye. There is a black "U" form behind it, with red detail, and a pointed detail at the back of the design.