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Archer with bow, arrow quiver and arrows
R.XV-26e and R.XV.27
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a unique example of a recurved composite reflex bow, covered at the grip with snake skin and vividly painted on the side of the bow facing the archer. This type of bow was the powerful compact design of Mongolian and Chinese bowyers and fletchers, a craft almost extinct by the end of the 20th century, but later revived

History of the Object
The complete archer’s equipment arranged on the body of the museum mannequin, dressed in a fine Khorchin costume. The bird feather and the round ball on the top of his hat indicate high rank.

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Type
Performance Art 
Materials
Wood, bamboo, leather, bark, horn/antler, iron, feathers, cotton and sinews.  
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unkown 
Creator date
Unkown 
Where it was made
Mongolia/China 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
Early 20th century 
Function
The archer performs at national and local sportive games known as naadams. The art of bow shooting has martial roots and since the early 20th century bow shooting was practiced by the nobility on their classic battue hunts 
Acquisition
Year of entry: 1937 
Copyright
The National Museum of Denmark 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of Denmark 
Museum
National Museum of Denmark 
Credit line
Photographer Roberto Fortuna 

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