Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • bow, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: California?, United States
  • juniper wood?, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 101 x 3.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 39 3/4 x 1 3/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6502

The relatively short wooden bow does not have a bowstring. It tapers at either end and is constricted in the middle for a hand hold. One side is decorated with dark orange triangles along each edge, outlined and joined to a triangle on the opposite side with dark blue lines, forming a series of octagons. The octagons near the center of the bow have a circle or two rows of dark blue dots and the four most center octagons have a row of dark orange dots. There are white dots in the octagons further from the center.