- Museum number
Quiver made of leather, hair.
- Production date
Height: 130 centimetres (case and quiver)
Width: 30 centimetres (case and quiver)
Depth: 3 centimetres (case and quiver)
- Curator's comments
- The acquisition slip for this object reads:
"Pres'd by A. W. Franks Esq. Jan 1869
Bought of Umlauf, Hamburg Dec. 11. 1868"
"Indians, North America
Flat yellow wood Bow with notched ends for the string which is twisted sinew. The front & sides of the bow are covered with skin; on the middle is found a strip of pale bark cloth ? Midway between middle & ends are pieces of red serge bound on with a thong. Along either side is a row of notches, and along the back at the middle is a row of dots.
L 1.11¼. N. at middle 1¼ in tapering to ends."
"This bow was in the case sketched on correspondingly numbered slip. To the bow however was tied a ticked no. 109. To the quiver 108. The corresponding numbers in the catalogue (Ethnographische Sammerlung - Gesammelt von Seiner Königschen Hoheit Herzog Paul von Württemberg.) Read thus
108 'Dessen Köcher mit Pfeilen. Ersterer ist von der Haut des Kuguas (Felis concolor)
109 Bogen von einem Haupthing der Wolfs-Pahni-Te-Leri-Kak-Tscha
The number is not to be relied upon."
"Case for the Bow no. made of whitish haired skin (most of the hair has come off) attached to a Quiver of buff leather with the long hair inside, & containing 11 arrows [underlined], one having a very small obsidian point ½ in long fastened into a slit with fine gut. Another has a slit for the point, & the rest have all the points cut off. Pale wood shafts tripeashered[?], the spaces between the feathers painted, Butts knothed and crutched[?]. Waved & straight lines cut along the upper parts. (Thes. ten arrows are similarly made to those of No.
The obsidian headed one has a light-reed ? shaft, with 3 short split feathers tied on & a short head inserted into the shaft"
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999 25 Jun-2011 2 Mar, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The American West"
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This set of bow, bow case, quiver and arrows was purchased by A. W. Franks from the Hamburg dealer J. F. G. Umlauff on 11th December 1868. Umlauff had acquired it from the collection of Duke Friedrich Paul Wilhelm of Württemberg, a German collector. Württemberg had reputedly collected the set from Big Elk (or Te-Re-Ki-Ta-Nau), a chief of a band of Omaha that he met on 13-14th August 1823 at a village on the Elkhorn River (see Gibbs 1982 for more details).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1869C1.5205c (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Am1869C0101.65