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One of the exhibits purchased following the Great Exhibition, 1851.

Physical Description

The broad head suggests the shape of a katar (punch dagger) blade. It is pierced and fretted behind the point, with elaborately scalloped edges.

Behind the head the shaft is ornamented with decorative bands composed of alternating flattened copper and brass wires, interspersed with alternating brown and white chequered bands and wider metal bands with a bluish hue.

The main body of the shaft is of dark brown (possibly stained?) reed or cane of cylindrical section.

At the nock end of the shaft the decoration consists of alternating painted sections of blue and red colour decorated with gold floral motifs. These are separated by bands of of gold cross-hatching on a red background with a narrow border of gold lined with black on either side.

The arrow is fletched with three narrow flights made from pale feathers with a golden-brown burnish.

The bulbous nock is of bone with a deeply incised round groove painted red.


HeadLength63 mm
HeadWidth17 mm
OverallLength757 mm
OverallWeight0.032 kg
FletchLength95 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None visible

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, nos. xv.206 and 207, p. 103.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.167-168, p. 43.