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Type:Armament; Fishing/Trapping/Hunting
Place Made:Africa; Northern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Accession Number:  MH SK L.A.6.5
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College

Label Text:
Six hunting arrows from the tribe of Chief Kopa, Mpika District, Northern Rhodesia, South Africa. This type of arrow has long been used, and is today still used, by the natives of this district. The points are commonly poisoned when hunting large game, the poison killing a buck after it has run about a mile, if the arrow remains in the body. The shaft is bamboo, deeply notched and slightly bound and feathered at the string end. The points are of flat iron, shaped long, with two barbs pointing directly back and long roughened shaft to drive into the bamboo shaft, which later is bound at the end. One of the arrows has a fish hook barb on the iron shaft instead of the two barbs on the head (see L.A.6.6)
Lengths: 38 1/8" - 37 3/4" - 37 11/16" - 37 1/2" - 35 15/16" - 35 7/8". Cat. 6/5/1937.

African; weapons

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