prmlogo2Cook-Voyage Collections
at the Pitt Rivers Museum


PRM0001349345179Arrow (top), of reed and wood, from Tanna, Vanuatu; part of the Forster collection (part of Forster 152; 1886.1.1184)

Composite arrow with shaft of reed with dark wooden head tapering to a point. A binding of coconut fibre and resin at the tip of the wooden part of the arrow would have held a bone point. The wooden part of the arrow is held on to the reed shaft with a binding of plant fibre, possibly hibiscus bast (Hibiscus tiliaceus). The end of the reed shaft is notched, and there is a binding of plant fibre below the notch to prevent the reed from splitting


  PRM0001292845179Arrow (with scale)
PRM0001349445179Detail of arrow heads
PRM0001292855179Detail of head
PRM0001292875179Detail of binding
PRM0001292885179Detail of binding
PRM0001297175179Ashmolean label