Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Bororo maker
  • bow, 1970s
  • Where object was made: Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • wood, plant fiber, string, feathers
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 105 x 3.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 40 9/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift of Haskell Springer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6507

The narrow slat of dark brown wood is tapered at either end. There are six bands of light natural plant fiber wrapping. There are images cut out of the light natural plant fiber (a bird with a branch, kissing fishes, a short four-legged animal with a long tail, and a bird with a long neck) between the light bands. The areas with images are wrapped with black string. There are clusters of yellow, white, and light blue feathers on three of the light natural colored bands.

There is twisted plant fiber string for a bowstring. The bow is only slightly curved.