Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Lakota maker
  • bow, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, sinew, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 104.5 x 10.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 41 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 1 3/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6843

The wooden bow has a twisted sinew bowstring. There is a slight constriction near the center for a handhold. The concave side is colored red with two sets of diagonal dark blue lines. The convex side was rubbed with dark blue pigment, though it is mostly gone now.