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A Rattan Wrapped Blowpipe

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A Rattan Wrapped Blowpipe

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A Rattan Wrapped Blowpipe

Indonesia

Blowpipes are used by many tribes people throughout the world generally for killing birds and small creatures for food although they also have a reputation for having been used to kill human enemies.

This long, slender Indonesian blow-pipe was made from a very dense hard wood which is first painstakingly hollowed out, nowadays using an iron rod but historically bone was used. After several days when the channel has been completed the exterior is carved away, then sanded and rubbed with leaves to leave it absolutely smooth; this example was also carefully wrapped in rattan. It is used with poison dipped arrows which will kill a small animal instantly.

Length: 254 cm (100 in)

Provenance: Private Belgian Collection

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