Object Title

Composite bow

Composite bow



Object Number



From the Oriental Collection of the Great Exhibition, 1851.

Physical Description

Made of horn and sinew covered in birch bark. The limbs are decorated with flowers and foliage on a yellow ground. The ears are red and are decorated with a similar pattern, one nock is missing. There are sinew bindings over the splices for the ears and the grip.


Dimensions: Width overall 670 mm (26.4 in), Width across shoulders 40 mm (1.6 in). Overall length (around the curve) 1280 mm. Weight: 530 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Paper label unreadable on one ear.


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, 103, xv.203

Viscount Dillon, IIllustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, 43, xv.164