Archery was important for hunting and warfare on many western Pacific islands. This activity relied on local materials such as mangrove roots, palmwood and plant fibres.
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Arrows are used in both hunting and warfare. Their tips are poisoned and sometimes their construction can lead to wounds that guarantee death through infection.
Skilled hunters use arrow to hunt animals such as monkeys or specially tipped arrows for fish. Hunters work in groups and avoid wasting important resources and young children learn hunting skills from the age of five upwards.
This arrow point comes from Mexico and was used tied to a stick for hunting. It was made into this shape by using a technique called pressure flaking where chips are pushed off the surface of a stone to make a sharp and strong edge.
This obsidian arrowhead would have been sharper than a scalpel when it was first made. The notches in its sides would have been used to help to tie it to a stick to use it in hunting.
Used for gripping an arrow or dart shaft in order to apply bending force, or as a gauge for measuring the diameter of an arrow. Collected 1826-7 by Peard on the voyage of HMS Blossom.
Impractical as a weapon, this axe incorporates both iron and copper-alloy and was recognized as representing a symbol of authority and power. It was worn over the shoulder of high status individuals.
This axe type dao is connected to a wooden handle and decorated with woven cane. The top of the axe is shaped in a ‘V’. The sheath is of wide rectangular shape with serrated edges. The wooden box cases are typical of the southern areas from the Pochury country in Nagaland across to the Chindwin. The serrated edges are a feature still utilised by the Jedger (Para) Naga (Jamie Saul Pers Comm. 2006). The wood has been ornately carved with geometric patterns. This dao and sheath are part of the Porter collection and date to the late 19th Century.
This type of axe was used for splitting logs.