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Leather and gut quiver [a] containing fifty-five arrows of horn points, sepia colour, bound with gut, in small grass sheaths, the ends also bound with gut [b].
Height: 15 centimetres (a)
Width: 3.50 centimetres (a)
Depth: 3 centimetres (a)
- Curator's comments
- Register 1955:
Leather quiver containing 55 horn points, sepia colour, bound with gut, in small grass sheaths, the ends also bound with gut.
1- SOUTH AFRICA.
Register 1955 later addtion: [BUSHMAN]
5-10. These are probably two horn bows and a quiver of arrows as used by the Bushmen of the Kalahari in courtship (van der Post's T.V. series on 'The lost world of the Kalahari, VI) The bow is cut from an eland horn shot by the suitor; he shoots an arrow at his intended from under cover. If she accepts, she drops the arrow in front of him, unbroken, and the man then gives her a skin kaross, etc. These are said to be very rare* (MBC. 21.7.56)
*Another story is that they are used for 'magic' in hunting - a picture of the quarry is drawn on the ground and is shot at with this bow & arrow.
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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