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Found in the Broad Arrow Tower 11/12/1989

Physical Description

The shafts are of bamboo fitted with applied wooden nocks. Some arrows have four closely cropped fletchings, some of which are barred, suggesting they are from a species of raptor, others have only three fletchings. The arrows are decorated with painting between and beyond the fletchings with bands of red and green on a white ground overpainted with foliage. The foot of each arrow is painted white with broad bands of red and green, the white embellished with 'ticks' in red. The width of the white bands and number of ticks is variable. All of the heads are similar, being quadrangular points necking in before a tapered socket. One arrow is cracked across the middle, five are broken in the region of the fletchings.


Dimensions: The length of each shaft is 720 mm, the length of each head being 45 mm. Weight: The weight of each arrow is 0.026 kg.

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Places India


These appear to be a set of war arrows with points suited to piercing mail. Two of the arrows, both with three fletchings, have the fethers cut low in the upper part, being left uncut for about 20 mm at the front.