- Museum number
Composite bow made of sinew and wood with leather thonging, beneath which remains a fragment of fabric.
- Production date
Length: 101 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register 1959:
"Modoc Bow found in Capt. Jack's stronghold in the lava beds, California 17th April 1873." Presented by H. Wallace Atwell Esq. Correspondent of the "Sacramento Record 2.6.1873."
See Christy Correspondence:
(1) letter William Simpson, General Gillem's HQ, Tule Lake, Siskiyou Co, California/A W Franks, 22 April 1873 - '... I came up here a few days ago, and a Mr Atwell was shewing me a very primitive kind of a bow found in the Lava Beds, when Captn. Jack, the Modoc Chief's Stronghold was taken. I was advising that such a weapon should be lodged in a museum, when Mr Atwell presented the bow to me for the Brit. Mus, which I had just stated were anxious for such articles ...'
(2) Note by H Wallace Atwell, Correspondent of "Sacramento Record", "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Yreka Journal", Lava Bed, 22 April 1873 - 'This bow, captured from the Modoc warrors on the 17th instant at the close of the 3 days battle is respectfully presented to the British Museum, through Mr Simpson representative of the London Illustrated News - the first artist in the field ...'
- On display (G26/dc4)
- Exhibition history
1999 25 Jun- Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "California"
- Acquisition notes
- Presented through William Simpson, Correspondent of the Illustrated London news
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1959Q2.114 (old CDMS no.)