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A very rare bow
Chinese folding bow
19th century
A fine example

A very rare bow Chinese folding bow 19th century A fine example Monkey bow www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A very rare find. A Chinese folding bow, 126cms long.

This 19th century Chinese folding bow, sometimes referred to as a monkey bow and be found to either shoot arrows or often rocks if strung with a central pouch. This example retains its original sinew string for arrows and is in a very good state of preservation with supple limbs.
The main limbs are comprised of a dark polished buffalo horn that has been laminated with timber, sinew and held together with fish glue. The surfaces are decorated with various barks and applied leather in the form of Shou symbols and that of native flowers.
The bow's ears are painted red, silver, gold and black and each end retains a raised applied bat symbol.
The handle appears to have been re-wrapped in an old leather, an indicator of the long service life this bow has seen.

A fine example that can still be un-strung and folded as it was meant to be.

A rare artefact.

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