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Qin Chinese recurved Bow with arrows

A Chinese Manchu recurved or compound bow from the 19th century. Still strung with its original silk cord bowstring, and retaining two original arrows. Chinese compound bows  such as this were made for military use and carefully constructed with techniques going back hundreds of years. The black horn tip of this example is carved with a makers signature to denote the quality of the workmanship. The siyahs or bow tips are covered with white rayskin, the front of the bow arms with strips of coloured bark, the back of the arms are broad strips of black horn, Between the inner and outer face is a sinew core which gives the bow its powerful elastic pull. the grip is wrapped with cork. The two arrows which accomany it are good examples, one has damage where the tip beneath the head is split with a little broken off, and one part of the nock missing. Both arrows retain most of their flight feathers. The bow itself is in reasonable condition, one bone string rest is lacking, and some loss to the bark outer covering in places, and general age wear to parts. This bow was brought back as booty from Beijing by a German soldier (the great grandfather of the previous owner ) fighting in the Boxer Rebellion during the 1900/1901 period. 

 

 

Spectacular quality Afghan or Persian Pulwar or Pulwouar sword with shamshir blade

Fine quality indo Persian or Afghan All steel sword Pulwar or Pulwouar (tulwar).

Fine afghan Pulwouar sword with shamshir blade
Fine Indo-Persian Pulwouar sword from Afghanistan

The hilt of the finest shaped pierced steel exquisitely perforated in bands, the pommel containing small stones reputedly from the Holy Moslem city of Mecca, The shamshir type blade deeply curved and with a cartouche conataining arabic calligraphy, a talismanic square or bedouh containing numbers, and a small chiselled inscription along the back edge. A fantastic example of the scarce from of islamic sword, a genuine antique piece dating to the 18th or early 19th century., Northern India or Afghanistan

Fine Indo-Persian Pulwouar sword from Afghanistan
Fine antique Indo-Persian Pulwouar sword from Afghanistan

Antique swords and armour… New look Ashoka Arts website!!!… coming soon….

Look forward to the newly redesigned Ashoka Arts website…. Continuing our bold and original design format emphasing the beauty of antique oriental swords and weapons…. we offer a new selection of high quality antique swords and weapons including Turkish and Persian swords, swords and armour from the Indo-Persian world, tribal weapons from Borneo and Indonesia. We also supply oriental pieces from China, Vietnam and the Far East, and are happy to seek out pieces for the more discerning collector on request.

Fresh from the recent London Arms Fair we are pleased to be able to offer several newly sourced items including a rare Straight silver-mounted Vietnamese Guom or Kiem sword, a fine quality Fakirs parrying weapon Madu with unusually a gilt central shield and gilt bronze spear tips, three very nice examples of Indo-Arab guns from the Hadrumaut of Yemen, and Oman, two very scarce Saintie Indian parrying weapons with spear tips, an early all steel Mughal dagger from North India. Also a fine quality Nepalese Kukri with silver and gold mounts displaying the Royal Nepal coat of arms. We also will be offering a wonderful complete Yemen silver Jambiya dagger with accoutrements mounted on an embroidered belt, very hard to find in complete and good condition. We also have several new spears, silver mounted Thai examples in exceptional condition, Thai bamboo shafted fighting spears, several all steel Indian sangs, and an exceptional quality Indo-Persian Pulwar or tulwar sword from Afghanistan with pierced watered steelwork of great beauty… all coming soon and shortly available to buy online using our new secure shopping cart system. Watch this space… !