- Museum number
Bow of wood (nipa palm), rind (cane), string (cane). String of cane rind worked into loops at the end. Stops for it worked on the bow with cane rind, at one end a discoidal knob, at the other flat bands.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1842)
- Curator's comments
- Register slip note:
Figd in the Cat. of the Christly Coll. pl. f 7.
Lot 391 "Bow made of the nipa palm" and arrows, New Guinea".
'This and No. 8120 were obtained by Capt. Belcher, in HMS Sulphur on the N. Coast of New Guinea in 1840. See his "Voy. of the Sulphur" II. At p. 85 describing Yamma I. he says "Their bows are very plain and made of the outer part of the bamboo; the arrows from a reed, about 6ft long, and ornamented by burning with a hot iron instrument. The string is also of rattan.
At p. 87 (Arimac Is.) he says their productions differed from those of Yamma "their bows being less finsihed and arrows not so long. It appears that each tribe preserves an estalished length of this missile'.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From the voyage of the HMS Sulphur of 1836-1842.
Registration slip information: 'Belcher Coll. Lot 391'.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1872C1.8119 (old CDMS no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc1872C0610.100