13th Century Mogolian Bow Quivers
- Hello everybody,
I was wondering if anyone knows where I could find
info/documentation on the construction of a 13th
century Mongolian bow quiver/case? I am helping my
sister apprentice with her research and we have found
minitures and such but nothing that describes the
construction. If anyone has any information or
pictures of extant pieces from that period that you
would be willing to share with us that would be great.
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- I believe the art of making those composite bows was such a secret art,
passed down by the masters, etc, that the factual knowledge may have died. There
are some clever people out there who have educated guesses, but there aren't
instructions from the 13th century on how to do it.
One man figured out a lot about the bow. He says that the wood is mostly to
hold the sinew and horn in place. The sinew is on the side facing the away
from the shooter and has a stretchiness to it. On the other side, facing the
shooter is horn, which resists compression. You got to hammer the sinew
until it's flat and stringy, and you can tell how well a bow will turn out by
the quality of the job you do on preparing the sinew. That's pretty much All I
remember from the documentary.
Mikhail (know's people are going to blast me out of the water for this)
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