- Museum number
Arrow consisting of wood head tapering to point, where bound with fibre; worn decoration on head includes bands of red pigment and design in black pigment. Head inserted into cane shaft (binding missing ?). Shaft decorated with bands of longitudinal zigzag lines, followed by parallel lines to the butt, where decorated with bands of grooves.
- Production date
- 19thC (?)
Length: 155.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Arrows assumed to be from Irian Jaya as stored with material from this area for many years. Items with carved heads may be from different area. (JH,10/1999).
Marked on in ink: "18505" (Macgregor no.). Circular paper label stuck on: "Macgregor Coll. 1897" (printed). One of eighteen arrows on old "N/N.210" Slip.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Oceania (New Guinea) material from Macgregor Collection apparently acquired by BM in 1897, by uncertain means, and not listed or formally registered at the time. Possibly acquired with, or intended for incorporation in, the Franks Bequest (1897), or for use as "duplicates" for the Christy Collection. See note by H.J.Braunholtz in BM Ethnography Department's Christy Register (1894-1897), p.129. Some of the material was subsequently drawn on a series of unnumbered "registration" Slips (Oceania "No Number" series) to which object numbers were later given by CDMS staff in 1983 (this item is one of eighteen arrows N/N.210), and some was later incorporated into the Oceania "Found Unnumbered" Q-Registers. These were superseded when all identified Macgregor material from Oceania was placed together during 1990-1996 and formally registered (drawn on new registration Slips) under the collection notation "MCG" (allocated by Ethno.Dept. staff together with object number sequence).
See also Ethnography Department Eth.Docs.1033 and 1095 for biographical details (but NB, these do not include any original lists of objects), and correspondence with M.O'Hanlon (Ethno.Dept. staff) from M.Quinnell (Queensland Museum) during 1996-1997. (AMD,9/1999).
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 18505 (original Macgregor collection no.)
Miscellaneous number: Oc,N/N.210.e (Oceania "No Number" series Slip)