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  • Colombia
  • bow, mid-late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Colombia?
  • wood, spotted cat fur, peccary skin, snake skin, seeds, string, gum resin, rawhide
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 98 x 16 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 38 9/16 x 6 5/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Janet B. Young
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6809

The bow is made of black wood, probably stained. Most of its length is wrapped with segments of black animal fur or white animal fur with spots. There are two bands of snakeskin near the center, between two raised bands of resin with red and light grey seeds embedded within. There is a row of light grey seeds on the edges of the resin, though not fully intact. There are light grey seeds on the center of the handle that are probably misplaced from the edge of the resin. There is a twisted rawhide bowstring.