Arrow

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 aspects.

Cultural context

hunting; warfare; ceremonial

Physical description

An arrow shaft, 86.5 cm. long, made of a variety of pitpit (sword grass). The shaft is red-brown with black coating. The fore-shaft of the black palm wood is 13 cm. long between the bindings. At the joint, with the shaft, there is a sleeve of woven rattan 1 cm. wide. The foreshaft is bound to the point coated with grey clay. The long bone point protrudes 14 cm. beyond the binding.