Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

  • unknown Potawatomi maker
  • bow, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, sinew, pigment, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 130 x 10 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 51 3/16 x 3 15/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6511

The dark brown bow is a narrow slat of wood with a slight curve. Thin lines are incised down the concave side and rubbed with red pigment, thin wavy lines are incised and rubbed with green pigment. There are clusters of red, green, or blue triangles along the edges. The bowstring of twisted sinew is knotted at one end and wrapped at the opposite end.