Scythian style bow from Subeshi in Shanshan County, Xinjiang [...] found that it measured about 130 cm around the curves and 119 cm in a straight line from one end to the other. The centre of the set back grips is 53 cm from on end and 66 cm from the other. This is a straight-line measurement. The centre of the bow was 4 cm wide and tapered to 3.5 cm at the mid-limb. The limbs were bound with thread below a layer of lacquer.
Horn Bow Painted Scythian
Grozer Scythian horn bow. Made of natural materials. The base of the bow is wood. Sinew on the outer side of the limbs. Colourful bullhorn on the inner side of them. Sinew bandage.
The bow possessed a feature that is no longer common in modern composite bows. It was thick and narrow in the cross-section of that part of the limb where it bends. Unlike later bows, this bow had a triangular section with the apex on the belly side of the limb. The back of the bow was slightly convex and formed the base of the triangle. At the centre of the bow, the limbs are 4 cm wide. For a greater part of the limb it had this unusual shape [...]
A Western Scythian style bow reconstruction by David Betteridge /// We can list a number of features that can used to characterize a Scythian bow. It is very short. It has recurved tips. It has a setback centre section. The limbs are thick in proportion to their width. It is usually carried in a gorytos. It is primarily a cavalry weapon