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Ju Yuan Hao bow by Yang Wentong

Bow by Yang Wentong

One of the last bows by Yang Wentong, father of Yang Fuxi.
Yang Wentong bow logo

Bow by Ju Yuan Hao of Beijing

Made by the last operational bowyer of China, probably for the Mongolian market.
Bowstring knot logo

Xián gé dā (弦挌搭)

Chinese term for the knot in a bowstring.
Gong mian logo

Gōng miàn (弓面)

Chinese term for the face of a bow, usually made of buffalo horn.
Birch bark logo

Huà huà pí (畫樺皮)

Chinese term for the "painted birch bark" often covering composite bows.
Bow brain logo

Gōng nǎo (弓腦)

Chinese term for the "knee" of a composite bow.
String bridge logo

Gōng diànzi (弓墊子)

Chinese term for the string bridge on some types of composite bows.
Qing bow notch logo

Kòuzi (扣子)

Chinese term for the string notch on each bow tip.
Qing bow tip

Shāo tóu (弰頭)

Chinese term for the tips on either end of a bow.
Arrow slipping spot logo

Jiàn liūzi (箭溜子)

Chinese term for the spot on the bow where the arrow slips by.
Chinese bow ear logo

Gōng shāo (弓弰)

Chinese term for "bow ear".
Strength bow

Wǔkē gōng (武科弓)

Chinese term for heavy bows, often used for strength testing and training.
Strength testing bow logo

A Qing strength bow

A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
Deconstructed Qing bow logo

A deconstructed Qing bow

For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
Qing folding bow logo

Qing folding bow

A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
Bow grip

Gōngbà bǎngzi (弓弝膀子)

Chinese term for the sides of the bow grip.
Bow grip

Gōngbà (弓弝)

Chinese term for "bow grip".
Bow of Java

Gendewa

Old Javanese name for bow.
Sinhalese longbow

Usa dunna (උස දුන්න)

Sinhalese name for their longbow. Literally: "high bow".
Sinhalese longbow logo

Maha dunna (මහා දුන්න)

Sinhalese term for a longbow. Literally: "great bow".
Fine Sinhalese lacquered bow logo

A fine Sinhalese bow

Made in the Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.
Sinhalese bow logo

Dunna (දුන්න)

Sinhalese word for "bow".
Sinhalese lacquered bow logo

A Sinhalese lacquered bow

With classic cinnabar red, yellow, green and black lacquered decoration.
Sinhalese lacquer logo

Sinhalese lacquer work

Sri Lankan craftsmen used methods of applying decorative lacquer that did not involve a brush to great effect.
Kashmir bow logo

A rare bow from Kashmir

A sinew-backed bow with rather nice lacquer work.
Gong logo

Gōng (弓)

Chinese word for bow.
Chahar kham bow

Chahār kham

The "four curved" bow
North Indian composite bow measurements

Measurements of a North Indian bow

For the bowyers and archery researchers, detailed measurements of an antique North Indian bow "kaman" type.
North Indian composite bow

North Indian composite bow

With whimsical tiger and deer decoration.
Central Asian bow

Large Central Asian composite bow

With design features reminiscent of Persian and Indian bows.
Changxing workshop

Chángxìng (長興)

A famous bow making shop in Chengdu, active until the 1960s.
Korean archery set with hornbow, quivers, arrows, bow bag and string logo

Vintage Korean archery set

Comprising of a bow, arrows, and string sent to the U.S.A. in 1964 plus an associated quiver.
Beri logo

Beri

Manchu word for "bow".
A Manchu style bow from the Changxing workshop in Chengdu logo

A Chinese bow by Changxing

Rare extant work of a famous workshop in Chengdu.
Heavy Manchu war or strength bow

Heavy Manchu war or strength bow

With an estimated draw weight of 160-200 pounds.
Ottoman archery set

Ottoman bow with siper and arrows

Description

A rare Ottoman bow that has seen better days.

Ottoman bow logo

Very fine Ottoman bow

Signed by its maker Haci Gavsî, and its decorator Tevfik.