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    Portman Collection: Andamanese Islanders, Vol. II.
  1. Photo 188/2(21)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The South Andaman bow. Karam-da. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  2. Photo 188/2(22)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Cutting the branch.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  3. Photo 188/2(23)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Shaping the bow.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  4. Photo 188/2(24)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Shaping the bow.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  5. Photo 188/2(25)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Smoothing the shaped bow with a sharpened pig's tusk.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  6. Photo 188/2(26)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Stringing the bow.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

    Portman Collection: Andamanese Islanders, Vol. III.
  7. Photo 188/3(1)
    Pig arrows 'Éla-Da' [Andaman Islands]. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  8. Photo 188/3(2)
    [Manufacture of arrow connector, Andaman Islands.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  9. Photo 188/3(3)
    [Method of sharpening arrows, Andaman Islands.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  10. Photo 188/3(4)
    [Method of sharpening arrows, Andaman Islands.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  11. Photo 188/3(5)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] 'Chokio'. Bow of the North Andaman tribes. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  12. Photo 188/3(6)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The tree is then cut close to the ground, as shown. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  13. Photo 188/3(7)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The workman goes round the tree from left to right, cutting as shown. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  14. Photo 188/3(8)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The fallen tree is then cut to a suitable length for a bow, the whole trunk being examined and the best part selected. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  15. Photo 188/3(9)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] Andamanese cutting off the selected piece. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  16. Photo 188/3(10)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] Carrying home the log. Observe the way the adze is carried, pushed through the waistband of the workman. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  17. Photo 188/3(11)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The log is erected against a tree, rock, or other support, and roughly hewn into shape; commencing on the left side about halfway up, and cutting down to the ground, the workman sitting, crouching, or standing, as necessary 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  18. Photo 188/3(12)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The right side of the face of the bow is then cut to shape. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  19. Photo 188/3(13)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The face of the bow is trimmed, the rough cuts being smoothed. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  20. Photo 188/3(14)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The lower end of the bow is then roughly hewn to shape. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  21. Photo 188/3(15)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The upper end is then similarly hewn to shape. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  22. Photo 188/3(16)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The centre is then roughly cut out. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  23. Photo 188/3(17)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The bow is then laid flat on the ground, and the back of it trimmed. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  24. Photo 188/3(18)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The rough cuts on the back are then trimmed smooth. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  25. Photo 188/3(19)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The bow is then thinned and brought to shape by fine cuts with the adze. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  26. Photo 188/3(20)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] The bow is then scraped smooth with the Cyrena shell, as shown. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  27. Photo 188/3(21)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] It is planed with the pig's tusk 'pilichada', until it is perfectly smooth, but is seldom waxed. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  28. Photo 188/3(22)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Stringing the bow.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  29. Photo 188/3(23)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Stringing the bow.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  30. Photo 188/3(24)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands.] This picture shows how the bow is held when used. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  31. Photo 188/3(25)
    [Bow making, Andaman Islands. Unstringing the bow.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  32. Photo 188/3(26)
    This photograph shows the 'Chokio' [North Andaman bows] when strung. The peculiar S curve similar to that of the South Andaman bow should be noticed. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  33. Photo 188/3(27)
    The view shows the 'Chokio' [North Andaman bow] unstrung, the back of the bow being visible. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

    Portman Collection: Andamanese Islanders, Vol. IV.
  34. Photo 188/4(1)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] The bow is then reversed for use, and this view shows a man in the act of shooting with it. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  35. Photo 188/4(2)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] Different ways in which the hands are held in the delivery of the arrow. One method. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  36. Photo 188/4(3)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] Delivery of arrow. Another method. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  37. Photo 188/4(4)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] Delivery of arrow. Another method. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  38. Photo 188/4(5)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] Delivery of arrow. Another method. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  39. Photo 188/4(6)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] Delivery of arrow. Another method. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  40. Photo 188/4(7)
    [Shooting with the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] Delivery of arrow. Another method. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  41. Photo 188/4(8)
    [Unstringing the South Andaman bow. Karam-da.] To unstring the bow it is again placed in the same position as for stringing, the end being pulled down by the left hand and the string lifted off with the right. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  42. Photo 188/4(9)
    [The South Andaman bow.] The bow string is made from 'Yolba' (Anadendron paniculatum) fibre, a low bush with long scandent shoots. The view shows an Andamanese cutting off with a Cyrena shell, the long shoots from which the fibre is to be scraped. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  43. Photo 188/4(10)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string.] The bundle of shoots is brought home and laid by the man's side; ... in this position he scrapes off the bark and teases out the fibre with a Cyrena shell. The pieces of fibre are laid across his left shin. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  44. Photo 188/4(11)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string.] Back view of a man teasing 'Yolba' fibre. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  45. Photo 188/4(12)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string.] Scraping the bark off. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  46. Photo 188/4(13)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string.] Cutting the shoots into pieces, at the joints. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  47. Photo 188/4(14)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string. Rolling the fibre into twine.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  48. Photo 188/4(15)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string.] Two of these pieces of twine are then twisted together thus, and the cord made is used, after being waxed, for a variety of purposes besides bow strings, such as nets, etc. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  49. Photo 188/4(16)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string.] Four or five pieces of the twisted twine, and pieces of the loose fibre are then twisted together, held between the first and second toes of the worker, who sits in this position. 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3

  50. Photo 188/4(17)
    [The South Andaman bow: making the bow string. Stripping bark from the cinnamon tree.] 
    Portman, Maurice Vidal
    1890-3


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