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Loan Object

Poison Dart Quiver and Gourd for Flights

late 19th–early 20th century

Bamboo and gourd, with coconut shell, animal bone, metal, and glass beads

39 × 14 × 19 cm (15 3/8 × 5 1/2 × 7 1/2 in.) base: 27 × 7 × 16 cm (10 5/8 × 2 3/4 × 6 5/16 in.)
Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2012.30.297
Most people in the interior of Borneo are farmers who grow rice, tubers, and vegetables, but hunting is also important for the region. Until recently, small groups of nomadic people, the Punan and Penan, lived almost exclusively by hunting and gathering. Game and birds are shot with poisoned arrows. The poison is kept in elaborately decorated gourd vessels like this one.
Geography: 
Made in Borneo, Indonesia
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
probably Kayan
Period: 
19th–20th century
Classification: 
Arms and Armor
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: D. Manfred, Milan

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