A Fine and Rare Indian Rhinoceros Horn Mughal Archer's Thumb Ring

A Fine and Rare Indian Rhinoceros Horn Mughal Archer's Thumb Ring

1600 to 1800 Mughal

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A Fine and Rare Indian Rhinoceros Horn Mughal Archer’s Thumb Ring
17 th – 18 th Century

Size : 2.5 cm high , 2.5 cm dia. – 1 ins high , 1 ins dia.
Provenance : Ex English Private collection
The bow ring worn by archers on the thumb had a primarily functional use , but they were often very decorative as well , as hunting game with a bow and arrow was often a royal sport .
The advantage of the eastern archer's thumb ring over that of the European practice of using the leather covered tips of three fingers is that it improves the handling of the bow and arrow , and increases the range and steadies the flight of the arrow , very similar to the actions achieved by using a spear thrower . The closer the feathers are to the nock of the arrow the greater the distance the arrow will travel , and the steadier its path will be .

Dimensions
Height 2.50 cm (0.98 inches)
Width 2.50 cm (0.98 inches)
Medium
Indian Rhinoceros Horn
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