What is the reason for doing anything? Seems to me that someone just liked the idea of a big bow. Perhaps in compensation, like a small bloke keeping a big dog. Who can say?
More sensibly, we know the "ceremonial" idea is almost a cliche, inventing fancy names like " baton de commandment" for what is most likely a stick straightening tool as if it were a sceptre. But senior men in the South Andaman Islands had bigger versions of the South Andaman bow, so big that Europeans named it a "display" bow, even though it was by no means too large to be shot canted.
And why should a senior man not have a bigger bow if that was his fancy? It does not have to be "ceremonial", just that other cliche, the "status item".
It's not as though the bow was new technology, but the reason for valuing size over performance does not have to be complicated and should need no explanation here.
Then again it might just have been an extreme example of a trend in bow styles.
I don't think we can call it a terrible design, just because it shoots more slowly than it might if the mass distribution in the limbs were to be improved, though it does represent an unrewarding trend in military terms and would not have matched the cast of any decent narrow stacked-section long bow with a decent limb taper, such as Otzi's.
In this context we might decide that it represents an unwise choice and expect that survival of a defeat caused by a lack of cast might then be expected to drive improvement of the design.
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I cannot imagine or understand the need of all this Bow Phd literates that wonder around the place throwing tit for tat loaded with all the Internet adquired knowledge on bow making, useless gibberish with all the criticism towards a bow that was made 4700 years ago by a chap with no modern tools with no internet to get TBB authors to tell him that regarding modern concepts his limb tips were far too wide, why can't we just assume that that same chap had with this bow his 1st stab at bow making? Either because he had seen someone in some near tribe making one and he decided to have a go, or even because he actually might have been the 1st one in the area to attempt such bow design?
Food for thought.
Food for thought.
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