About this object

History of use

Pygmy arrow used for weapon in warfare and hunting.


Mrs. Stephens stated that she and her late husband Dr. Treutle were entering Ituri forest when pygmies shot these arrows at them. The tips are still potentially poisonous.

Cultural context

weapon; warfare

Physical description

An arrow with a shaft (part a) made of rounded light brown wood. There is a small lance-olate-shaped iron arrow point (part b) that has an incised line down the middle on both sides along with six pairs of barbs below. A dried leaf fits through a slit at the end of the shaft. At the end of the shaft, there is a horizontal band that has four small grooves, and a simple finial at the end.