Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Aniyunwiya (Cherokee) maker
  • bow, late 1800s–1910s
  • Where object was made: Jay, Grove County, Oklahoma, United States
  • osage orange wood, rawhide
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 150.5 x 11.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 59 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Violet F. Gourd
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7196

The slat of brown wood tapers slightly at either end and is slightly curved. It is notched at either end for the bowstring. The bowstring is made from many small strips of rawhide twisted together. It is only attached to the bow at one end.