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Turkish Bow

18th century

A target or war bow; covered with thin leather on back; leather lining inside nocks. Ivory insert where horn meets at handle. Painted on back and belly. Back is painted brown with gold floral pattern; three elongated, copper-colored medallions on each limb containing a floral motif. Belly side also contains gilt floral design; ends are red with gold cartouches containing signature and dates. Gold tips. Signed and dated: Ahmed Suran, made 1159 AH (1743 AD), presented 1164 AH (1748 AD).

108 cm long, 3.3 cm wide at mid-limb, 1.4 cm thick at mid-limb.

MAC 1994-0657