Object Title

Birding arrow

Birding arrow

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIB.33 M

Provenance

Lent to the British Museum in 1913, and returned to the Tower in 1954.

Physical Description

The head is solid and cylindrical with a flat striking surface.
The shaft is plain reed with a single prominent node in the centre with painted decoration behind the head and from the waist to the nock. The decoration at the head consists of a broad orange band bordered by a thick black ring. From the waist back towards the nock the decoration consists of alternating panels of green and red colour (the reverse of XXVIB.33 A-K) with gold quatrefoil designs lined with black. Each panel is separated by a border composed of four black rings on a gold background with red horizontal bars between the inner rings. There is a broad gold coloured panel at the waist breaking the colour sequence.
There are three narrow flights which widen gradually along their length before angling inwards towards the nock. They are of dark-grey or black feather.
The bulbous nock is painted gold with a shallow groove painted orange.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length overall; 72.3 cm, Head length; 1.5 cm, Flight length; 12.0 cm, Flight width; 0.5 cm, Weight: 24 g

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VALUED AS A SET