Some details of a South Andaman bow.

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Some details of a South Andaman bow.

Rod
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02 Oct 2010, 09:45 #1

Some details of a South Andaman bow in the collection of the Archer Antiquaries at the Royal Toxophilite Society.


Typical bow lengths. From www.andaman.org

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The South Andaman bow in the Archer Antiquaries collection at the Royal Toxophilite Society.
Judging by the height I would say that this is an example of a S.Andaman "display bow" the possession of which was a senior man's prerogative.
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Belly view of the handle.
S.Andaman incised (boar tusk) decoration with intaglio colour worn out, which is normal.
The colour (either red or white) was not usually renewed after the first application wore out.
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Handle, side view. Fairly typical S.Andaman handle, shaped on belly side only.
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The crowned back at mid limb. At this point the belly is pretty much flat.
It is "keeled" (not unlike the Meare Heath) on the belly of the inner limb; slightly concave shallow facets probably consistent with the curvature of the boars tusk scraping tool.

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Incised decoration on the belly at the fades
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Incised belly, fades running into limb.
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Served loop usually, it would seem from some photographic evidence, placed on the bottom limb.
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Lower limb tip, where the point is broken off, showing small diameter fixed size served loop.
The loose string is from the limb binding which was fitted on the undarkened area where we now see the loop.
String here in the reversed "resting" unbraced position.
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The broken lower tip and lightened area where the binding was situated.
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The tied top loop.
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The top limb tip with binding to support string loop in situ. Incised decoration upon the limb edges only on the back surface.
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String serving at the arrow nock.
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Mid limb of the belly. Incised decoration on edges and down the centre of the belly.
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Back of limb with string serving.
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02 Oct 2010, 15:12 #2

Thanks, Rod. I hadn't seen good photograph of this type of bow before. Very interesting.

Rod
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13 Aug 2011, 12:36 #3

Image This is a drawing made by Michael Franks a few years back of a nice South Andaman bow in the Smithsonian collection.
Judging by it's length it is more likely to be a typical hunting bow than an example of the so-called "display bow" which can be up to 10" longer.
It is a good example of the absence of the so-called "andaman tips" in the South Andaman bow, which are predominantly seen in examples of the North Andaman bows.
Where these do occur in the South Andaman bows they are as often as not slight to vestigial in character, but there are no doubt some examples where the difference is less easily defined,  the presence of incised decoration and the style of handle then being more definite indicators of type.

Rod.
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