From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71), below entrance, deposit of hunting weapons, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Length tip to tip 172.5 cm (68 15/16 in.); Length of outer curve 179.5 (70 11/16 in.); Greatest diam. 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
Two caches of hunting weapons were found in the limestone chip debris below the tomb of Senenmut (TT 71) on Sheikh Abd el-Qurna hill. One cache included two bows (36.3.211, .212) and fifteen arrows (36.3.213-.227). The bows are recurve selfbows made of single pieces of an open-grained, pliable wood. Both bows were intentionally broken into sections no more than a meter (about 39 inches) in length.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.