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Presented by the East India Company, 1851.

Physical Description

The arrows all have a triangular section points. The back edges have an angled triangular cut out. The head is waisted and flares to a round shank. The tang is thin and tapered.
The decoration at the head is made up of panels of red, black and gold paint on an orange background. There is a central panel of red chevrons bordered at each end by alternating bands of narrow green bands and thin red and black lines. The shaft is made of reed of cylindrical section and left its natural straw colour. The decoration between the fletchings and the nock consists of panels of colour with a repeated floral motif applied in gold paint with black painted lines. Each panel is separated by a design consisting of narrow gold bands with black lines surrounding a single band of alternating gold and maroon squares. The first panel colour is dark green, then light green. At the waist where the fletching begins the design changes to depict 3 petalled white flowers on a green stem repeated on a maroon background. Finally there is a narrow band of dark green with gold flowers. The flights are long, widening at the nock and of off-white or grey feather. The nock is painted white with a red painted groove.


FlightLength11 cm
FlightWidth0.5 cm
HeadLength3 cm
TangLength5.5 cm
ArrowLength73 cm
OverallLength8.5 cm
Each arrowWeight0.018 kg

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