Abstract

This study concerns the form and decoration of arrows from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The morphology of a sample of 834 arrows is described. The decorative carvings on fore-shafts and heads are analysed in terms of 13 elements and variants of these. The combinations of elements into design patterns is described and their geographic distribution analysed. Variations in both morphology and design are found to correlate with language family boundaries for the most part, but the most clearly marked boundary lies between Central and West Central language family areas.

 
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Short Form
Bush, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(5): 255–293
Author
Thelma Bush
Year
1985
Title
Form and decoration of arrows from the highlands of Papua New Guinea
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
37
Issue
5
Start Page
255
End Page
293
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.326
Language
English
Date Published
23 December 1985
Cover Date
23 December 1985
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
NEW GUINEA; ANTHROPOLOGY
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30 March 2006
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
326
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