Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) peoples
  • bow, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, plant fiber, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 105 x 5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 41 5/16 x 1 15/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5717

The long, slightly curved slat of wood is wider at the middle than at the ends. It is brown. It is notched at either end to hold the bowstring. The braided plant fiber bowsting is currently wrapped around the bow loosely and is not attached at either end.