Photographed at Chamber Gallery in NYC, where it is currently on view
This is a 'Mongol bow' created in the style of the bows used during the reign of Ghengis Khan, in the 1200s. This bow has short and wide bending limbs with long lightweight tips to accelerate a heavy arrow quickly and efficiently. It is very stable once strung and would be used by nomadic peoples for both hunting and war. Its shape is established from the joinery within the core which connects many small pieces of wood with a v-splice joint to make the full length core. This style of bow was used to conquer Mongolia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and China. Eventually it was replaced in Mongolia by the northern Manchu bow after they had conquered those aforementioned.