harpoon arrow

Harpoon arrow. The shaft is made of hard wood and bound spirally with a plaited braid of grass fibres, one end of which is attached to the arrowhead. This is made of iron, with a pair of barbs and a tang slotted into a hollow fore shaft of wood bound with grass fibre in a criss-cross pattern and decorated with tufts of small feathers; a small iron spike is attached to one side. The flight is of two opposed radial feathers bound at both ends with krawa fibre and decorated with small tufts of feathers. The end is notched and bound in waxed krawa fibre in a criss-cross pattern.

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