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quiver and gourd with poison darts
  • unknown Urarina maker
  • quiver and gourd with poison darts, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • bamboo, plant fiber, gum resin, gourd, string, metal, bone?, capok fiber, weaving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: .01) 68 x 9.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: .01) 26 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
    Object Height/Diameter: .02) 9 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: .02) 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4883.01,2

The bamboo tube has a resin plug at one end (2007.4883.01). It is decorated with diagonal lines at the open end and three bands of dark string. The strap is made of woven plant fiber. A small object, possibly a bone, is tethered at one side of the handle and there is a small metal tab at the other. There are four arrows or darts in the quiver.

The round gourd, called a pate, is filled with plant fiber (2007.4883.02). The gourd was once attached to the tube. One large hole is drilled on one side and two smaller holes are drilled on the other side.