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Recurve Selfbow

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose II to Early Joint reign
ca. 1492–1473 B.C.
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.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
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.

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