Bow-drill bow

Description
A hide thong was attached to this bow at each end and wound around the drill shaft. The bow was moved rapidly back and forth to rotate the shaft. Pointed with stone, the shaft was used to make holes in bone, antler, wood and stone.
Accession Loan No.
51/1916/59
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
bow-drill bow
Simple Name
drill bow
Full Name
drill bow
Dimensions
whole length 342 mm; whole weight 10 mm; whole depth 13 mm
Cultural Group
Inupiat or Yup’ik Eskimo
Production County
Bering Strait / Northwest Alaska
Production Area Region
N
Production Continent
America
Family Group

Material
walrus ivory; sinew
Function Name
tool
Function Detail
A hide thong was attached to this walrus ivory bow at each end and wound around the drill shaft. The bow was moved rapidly back and forth to rotate the shaft. Pointed with stone, the shaft was used to make holes in bone, antler, wood and stone.
Collection Area Region
N
Collection Continent
America

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