A Steel Archer's Bow Inlaid with Gold Damascene work

A Steel Archer's Bow Inlaid with Gold Damascene work

1600 to 1800 Deccani, Southern India

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A Steel Archer’s Bow Inlaid with Gold Damascene work
Probably Deccani, Southern India
17th / 18th Century

Size : 110.5 cm long – 43½ ins long
Italian writers travelling in the five sultanates of the Deccan in the 15th century wrote of the fabulous splendour of the courts. The ruler of Bidar was seen wearing 'a suit of gold armour inlaid with sapphires, ( and carries ) 3 swords mounted in gold. When he goes out hunting he has a train of 10'000 men on horseback ….. and 200 elephants in gilded armour'.

Height 110.50 cm (43.50 inches)
Steel , Damascene and Bone
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