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Subject: Coatings on blowpipe dart quiver

Coatings on blowpipe dart quiver

From: Christopher D Robinson <cdrobins>
Date: Monday, March 27, 2000
As part of my part-time MA Conservation of Historic Objects course I
am currently working on a blowpipe dart quiver from Papua New
Guinea/Irian Jaya, dated 1946. The object consists of a hollow
bamboo section, a carved wooden lid, decorated with woven vegetable
fibre bands and incised chevron patterns.

The entire surface of the bamboo is covered with a thin, dark brown,
varnish like layer. The wooden lid appears to have been coated with
a wax (waterproofing?).

I am interested to know if anyone has come across similar objects
with such coatings and, if contemporary with manufacture, their

Chris Robinson
Senior Technician
Conservation Unit
De Montfort University Lincoln

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:49
                 Distributed: Thursday, March 30, 2000
                       Message Id: cdl-13-49-012
Received on Monday, 27 March, 2000

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