Object Title

Arrow - Chinese Ceremonial Arrow

Arrow - Chinese Ceremonial Arrow

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

XXVIB.7

Provenance

Old Tower collection

Physical Description

The shaft is strongly barrelled and fitted with a large sheet iron head, which is leaf shaped, cusped at each edge, with a character in red paint on each face. Above the head is a black and gold spiral binding and a plain gold binding below the fletchings. There are three fletchings of eagle feathers, mainly black with a small amount of white. The nock is of exaggerated size and pierced through with a hole, with evidence of more gold bindings below the nock. En suite with XXVIB.6

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength1191mm
OverallWeight146g
HeadLength144mm
FletchingsLength427mm

Inscriptions and Marks

a character is painted on each face of the arrow head, roughly resembling a question mark beneath a chevronface of the arrow head
paint

Associations

Places China/Asia