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The blowpipe, 157 centimetres in length, is composed of two pipes stuck inside each other. The outer pipe acts as protective casing. This example is missing the corresponding mouthpiece as well as a sight made from wild boar teeth. It was collected from a Taulipáng settlement by Theodor Koch-Grünberg, however, it was not made there. The Taulipáng evidently traded it with members of the Ye‘kuana. Blowpipes were typically used to hunt small animals or birds. Considerable skill is required to use it efficiently.

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Bodo Spranz (Hg): Die Freiburger Südamerika-Sammlungen Herzog und Koch-Grünberg. Freiburg 1980, S. 61.

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