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Crimean Tartar Style Bow

Turkey
Early 19th century

Bows of the type usually referred to as Crimean Tartar were another common form of Turkish empire. They are generally longer and not as heavily reflexed as other Turkish bows, and usually have a set-back handle and small, oval shoulder pads of ivory. The example here has leather covering the tips and handle and the backside and edges of the bow limbs; the surface is painted red with a gold floral pattern. Signed and dated: Vali, 1223 AH (1805/6 AD). The tips are strengthened with horn inserts; sinew wrapping reinforces the nocks.

148 cm long, 3.3 cm wide at mid-limb, 1.7 cm thick at mid-limb.

MAC 1994-0656