Indian (Mughal) ‘Kaman’ composite bow, 17th to 18th century, made of buffalo horn, sinew, and wood (mango or rain tree) glued together, covered with birch bark (or other materials) then lacquered, also referred to as a ‘reflex bow’ due to the natural un-strung position the bow takes, or a crab bow, again due to its shape, copper/ gold-coloured motifs of flowers on a black background. The tips / gushas are signed with Arabic letters, probably the name of the maker or owner, a sign of quality.
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Indian composite bow, 17th to early 18th century. Mughal lacquered composite bow. It is made of horn and sinew glued together, entirely covered on both sides with beautiful copper/ gold colored painting of flowers on a black background. The tips are signed with Arabic letters.