Piston Bellows


From: Borneo | Sarawak

Curatorial Section: Oceanian

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Object Number P441
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Kayan
Provenience Borneo | Sarawak
Section Oceanian
Materials Bamboo | Wood | Feather | Plant Fiber

Model piston bellows. Two bamboo tubes, bound together with strips of rattan peel. One tube is closed off at the bottom by a septum, the other is open. Two small bamboo vents, to be inserted in holes at the bottoms of the two wide tubes. Two wooden pistons, one ending in a wooden disk with remnants of feathers, the other a shaft only, missing disk and feathers. Depressing the pistons, with the feather-edged disks, forces air from the bellows through the vents towards the blacksmith's fire. Exhibited at Wistar May 1897: "Model of a forge showing bellows made of joints of bamboo & having long levers attached to the pistons."

Height 37.5 cm
Length 53 cm
Outside Diameter 7.5 cm
Credit Line Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1898

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