Dragon Blowgun from Borneo made out of Bone Segments with Incised Art

Item AD4   

This Item was Sold on 17 April 2013 for $195

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This old blowgun is from the island of Borneo. It is made out of hollow segments of mammal bones. Each segment has incised art decorations and the segments are attached end-to-end over a central metal (Copper?) tube with an internal diameter of 7 mm. The front end of the tail segment has a wooden dowel rod that fits snug into the blowing end of the metal tube. The tail segment is removed prior to the use of this blowgun. The mouth of the dragon's head has the exit hole for the blowgun. The belly of the dragon has two "L" shaped protruding tabs that suspend a small dart case. The dart case is also made out of bone with incised art. The dart case has a removable cap and there are two small metal darts in the case. The blunt end of the metal darts have cotton material to aid in the propulsion of the darts through the tube. This blowgun is in very good condition. There is no visible damage and it displays well. A very nice collectible from the island of Borneo.

Length = 84 cm ; Weight = 780 gm

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