Antique Indian Silver Gold Damascened Steel Reflex Bow 18th C Islamic Mughal

Antique Indian Silver Gold Damascened Steel Reflex Bow 18th C Islamic Mughal

SKU: ES1019

A scarce antique 18th century Northern India, Mughal dynasty period, large Islamic Indo-Persian silver and gold Damascened steel reflex bow "Kaman" of recurved form composed of two hand-forged steel elements connected by a screw in the central rounded handgrip. The limbs of the bow with pronounced string notches.


Overall length: 99.2 cm (39.06 inches)

CONDITION: Showing the age, with nice age patina, silver, and gold damascene inlay worn. However, it is in good condition considering its age to be over 200 years old.


1.Similar bow dated to the 17th century is published in the famous Islamic Arms and Armour Exhibition catalog: Splendeur Des Armes Orientales. Paris: ACTE-EXPO, [1988]. Page:82. No.132

2.Traditional Archery from Six Continents: The Charles E. Grayson Collection, by Charles E Grayson, Mary French, Michael John O'Brien. Page.73 ,76. No.69

3. Similar bow dated to the 18th century is in the renowned collection of Robert Hales and published in the book Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime's Passion by Robert Hales. Page.301. Fig.722.

4.Comparable Indian Steel bow but from late 19th century was sold by Bonhams, London on October 22, 2019, for £ 8,187 (US$ 10,731).

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5.Another Indian Steel bow was sold by Christie's, London; Islamic & Indian Art. April 7, 2011.Lot 187. Price realized. £ 30,000 (US$ 10,731). Please see the link below

We will provide the buyer with photocopies of the pages from the mentioned references together with a certificate of authenticity.

This particular construction of the Indian large steel bow is very rare. We searched the internet worldwide to find if another of this particular form of Indian steel bow is for sale, but we could not find anything for sale by antique dealers, auctions, or private sellers.

It is, therefore, quite possible that our bow is the only one for sale all over the world.