harpoon arrow

Harpoon arrow, shaft of arrow-reed (Gynerium sagittatum, called 'Waiwu'), squeezed to hold a wooden foreshaft, bound with cotton thread blackened with gum. The detachable arrow head consists of an iron barb bound to a wooden shaft covered with white and blackened cotton thread. The head is attached to the main shaft in several places by a cord. The cord is bound to the shaft in these places by grass fibres. A small iron barb protrudes from the binding near the head at one side. The shaft is undecorated. The end is notched and bound. No flight.

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