Large New Guinea Bow with Four Cane Arrows

Item CT25 

This Item was Sold on 17 January 2011 for $308

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This heavy bow was made out of a hardwood sapling and carved with a rectangular cross section that is thickest midsection and tapering towards the tips. The tips are abruptly narrowed for attaching the cord (not included). The bow is no longer flexible and there is no damage visible on the surface. The four arrows are made out of cane and are not a matched set. The diameters and lengths are different. The barbs and barb attachment are also different on each arrow. Two of the arrows are fletched with feathers and 3 arrows have natural cracks running along the axes of the arrows. These cracks initiate at the barb attachment, as expected. Because of it's length, it would be very difficult to ship this item overseas.

Bow: Length = 161 cm ; Weight = 614 gm

Arrows: Length = 134 cm -> 170 cm ; Weight = 226 gm (all 4 arrows)

This artifact is from the estate of Dain Torguson. The family will use the proceeds from the sale of this artifact to display a sculpture crafted by Dain in a public library in Rapid City, North Dakota.

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