Object Title

Composite bow (kaman)

Composite bow (kaman)

Date

1748-1749

Object Number

XXVIB.183

Provenance

Collected or made by the bowyer to Mary Rose, 1980-2000. No records of acquisition survive, when purchase was made in 2010 the then owner had no knowledge of earlier provenance; auction catalogues have been checked for the period. Purchased on 5th July 2010.

Physical Description

Crab bow (kaman), Indian, dated 1161 AH (1748-9 AD). Of deeply recurved type called 'crab bows'. Composite with a horn belly, wooden core and sinew on the back, with short flat ears, complete with nocks. At either end on the back of the bow there are single medial ridges. The grip is short and of oval section. Painted dark red with good quality decoration in gold and black, comprising gold saz leaves on a stippled ground, bordered with black edge sears decorated in gold and varnished with inscriptions in red lacquer on the ears. Both ears damaged, with inscriptions in red lacquer only partially legible, including 'Shah' and a date which can be read as 1161 AH (1748-9 AD)

Techniques

Painting

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth43mm
OverallLength555mm
OverallWidth315mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
Both ears damaged, with inscriptions in red lacquer only partially legible, including 'Shah' and a date which can be read as 1161 AH (1748-9 AD)
Ears of bow
Lacquered

Associations

Places India/Asia

Notes

Crab bow of high quality. The crab bow was used throughout India from the Deccan to the North West.