African - Two Poison-tipped Pygmy Arrows, late 19th century - early 20th century

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Two Poison-tipped Pygmy Arrows, late 19th century - early 20th century

Metal head on wood shaft

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Accession number

U27e821.1-2

Primary Creator

African

Full title

Two Poison-tipped Pygmy Arrows

Creation Date

late 19th century - early 20th century

Provenance


Probably acquired by African explorer, Arthur Jermy Mounteney Jephson (1858-1908) during the Emin Pasha relief expedition, 1896-89.

Gift from Athur Jermy Mounteney Jephson to Isabella Stewart Gardner before 1908.

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Metal head on wood shaft

Dimension Notes

U27e821.1: 44.3 cm (17 7/16 in.) lengthU27e821.2: 47.5 cm (18 11/16 in.) length

Web Commentary

These diminutive arrows were a Christmas gift to Isabella Stewart Gardner from Arthur Jermy Mounteney Jephson, an English army officer turned author and adventurer. Jephson accompanied explorer Henry Morton Stanley on the notorious Emin Pasha Relief Expedition between 1886-1889 and appears to have collected these arrows during his travels in equatorial Africa. While they were originally tipped with poison and used for hunting, Jephson assured Gardner that he had “rubbed the poison off” before presenting the arrows to her.

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Commentary

These diminutive arrows were a Christmas gift to Isabella Stewart Gardner from Arthur Jermy Mounteney Jephson, an English army officer turned author and adventurer. Jephson accompanied explorer Henry Morton Stanley on the notorious Emin Pasha Relief Expedition between 1886-1889 and appears to have collected these arrows during his travels in equatorial Africa. While they were originally tipped with poison and used for hunting, Jephson assured Gardner that he had “rubbed the poison off” before presenting the arrows to her.