Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • South America
  • blowgun, late 1800s–1957
  • Where object was made: South America
  • wood, gum resin, bark, carving
  • Object Length/Diameter: longer) 138 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: longer) 54 5/16 x 1 3/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: shorter) 117 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: shorter) 46 1/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • gift of Mr. Frowe
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7180

The blowgun is cut into two pieces by the collector and is tethered with a string. Each wooden cylinder is wrapped in strips of plant fiber and covered in resin. One end is slightly narrower and has a heavier layer of resin. The other end has a small tab at the end. The middle, where the string tethers the pieces together, is cut at an angle.