- Museum number
Bow-drill, carved wood, in three parts. The bow (a) with leather string; the awl (b) with waisted wood handle and iron point; the mouthpiece (c) of trapezoid shape with recess on longer side to support the drill handle and an area cut away on the shorter side, possibly for use as a chin rest. Alternatively the top piece was held in the teeth.
- Production date
- early 20thC
Length: 30 centimetres (bow)
Length: 16.50 centimetres (handle)
Length: 6 centimetres (mouthpiece)
Width: 5 centimetres (bow)
Width: 2.50 centimetres (mouthpiece)
Depth: 3.50 centimetres (mouthpiece)
- Curator's comments
- Used for making reindeer harness pieces in bone. It is type of tool used widely by northern peoples, but the use of wood suggests a European or Siberian origin, rather than Arctic where it would be made of bone.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number