Register description: Arrow: grass culm shaft, wood/palmwood head, carved/barbed
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander arrow
Wood, plant fibre
History and use
Bows and arrows were once common throughout Papua New Guinea, where they were used for hunting, fighting and ceremonial exchange. As widespread artefacts that were often highly decorative, arrows were also collected in large numbers by European visitors to Papua New Guinea throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This object is one of a group of arrows collected by H.S.M. (Mike) Thomas from Chimbu Province in the 1960s.