Antique 17th century Crimean Tatar Or Turkish Ottoman Islamic Reflex Composite War Bow

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Antique 17th century Crimean Tatar or Turkish Ottoman Islamic Reflex Composite War Bow (called tekne kuram or 'boat shape') of curved form made of several horns, sinew, and wood elements with raised ridges and rounded handgrip. The outer side is covered with visible strips of horns Buffalo or Cattle) the nocks are cut with string notches.

The process to make a composite bow was very long and complicated; a different horn was used, wood and sinew, and a correct balance between these various components provided a highly efficient bow. Therefore composite bows were very expensive compared to other weapons. 

The composite bows were a powerful weapon of the Islamic, Tatar, and Eastern European armies and were made in Turkey and Persia from the 15th to the 18th century. 

Since bows were very expensive and would not go out of fashion or style, they were passed from father to son and were used by the next generations, so bows made in the 17th century were still used during the 18th century.

CONDITION: Showing the age and usage, the surface is worn out with some chips, slightly repainted.

Please notice that the pictures in the listing are part of the description of the object's condition.


Overall length: 77 cm (30.31 inches)

Height: 29 cm (11.42 inches)


1. A very similar Tatar bow was published in Christie's catalog on October 10, 2013. London. Islamic and Indian Worlds Including a Private Collection Donated to Benefit The University of Oxford, Part IV. Lot.134. Sold Price. GBP 9,375

2. For a similar bow in the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel collection, please see the links below. l

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Militaria & Weapons
Field Gear & Equipment
Antiques (approx100yrs)
17th century
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