Australian Museum Journal Form and decoration of arrows from the highlands of Papua New Guinea

Shortform:
Bush, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(5): 255–293
Author(s):
Bush, Thelma
Year published:
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
Digitized:
30 March 2006
Available online:
02 March 2009
Reference number:
326
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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.