About this object

History of use

Used in hunting and warfare, also carried in ritual dancing. Bow and arrow may symbolize metaphorically the Kewa male, especially the aggressive/war aspects as opposed to reciprocity.

Cultural context

hunting; warfare; ceremonial

Physical description

An arrow shaft, 88.5 cm. long, made of a variety of pitpit (sword grass). The shaft is light brown with black coating. Inserted into the tip of the shaft, held with a woven rattan sleeve 1 cm. wide, is a long point of black palm wood 27 cm. long, which appears to have had a thin point which was broken off. The point is incised with longitudinal wavy lines filled with short parallel lines and rubbed with red ochre and grey clay.