Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Maidu or Modoc peoples
  • bow, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: California, United States
  • wood, sinew, paint, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 79 x 6 x 22.5 cm depth includes curvature
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 31 1/8 x 2 3/8 x 8 7/8 in depth includes curvature
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6484

The convex surface of this curved bow is brown wood. The concave surface is covered with sinew, rubbed with white pigment and painted. The center handle is left white, either side of the handle is broken into two panels, each painted with black or red triangles along the side leaving white diamonds down the center.