Poison Dart Quiver and Gourd for Flights

late 19th–early 20th century

Indo-Pacific Art

On view, 3rd floor, Indo-Pacific Art

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.


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


15 3/8 × 5 1/2 × 7 1/2 in. (39 × 14 × 19 cm)
base: 10 5/8 × 2 3/4 × 6 5/16 in. (27 × 7 × 16 cm)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

Loan number



19th–20th century


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Ex-collection: D. Manfred, Milan
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armor, quivers

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