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Lot 1572: Two Afghan composite bows, 19th/20th century

Antique Arms and Armour, Hunting Antiques & Works of Art

by Hermann Historica GmbH

October 25, 2016

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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  • Two Afghan composite bows, 19th/20th century
  • Two Afghan composite bows, 19th/20th century
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Description: Reflexed limbs of horn, wood and sinew layers laid in glue, reinforced with windings, one limb with three continuous iron rivets and a small iron plate on the back to repair the horn insert, the string nocks broken off, all surfaces lacquered in red and embellished with yellow geometric shapes and floral ornaments, the recessed grip wrapped with sinew laid in glue. Includes a shorter bow of similar type with a contemporary wooden grip reinforcement attached to the back. Damaged, signs of age. The spans measure 139 and 131 cm. Roughly fashioned bows, probably influenced by Indian models. Karl Zeilinger Collection.

Condition Report: III -

Notes: Waffen und Kunsthandwerk Persisches Reich

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