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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:16 pm

    I had some time off over the summer and emailed the museum service in Vienna about this bow

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     They confirmed it as a horn bow, as there was a question mark over that in a reference I was following up on but they also found that the bow had a fish skin cover. Its the only bow I know of outside the archery world which has such a covering. Thought you might find it interesting.
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    Post by kenh on Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:18 pm

    Interesting indeed.  A member of the Asian Traditional Archery Network recently posted photos of of a bow he'd covered with sturgeon skin.  Absolutely beautiful!
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:39 am

    A few of the guys on primitive archer use fish skin backings and they just look stunning
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    Post by OrienM on Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:08 am

    Fascinating! I too have seen some real nice archery bow backings made from fish skin. I wonder, did they show any of the natural surface on this prod, or paint/print over it?
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:14 am

    It seems to be described as being over-painted and embossed, but, that could have been done at any point during its lifetime. My speculation would be the skin would have been updated and refreshed from time to time as wear and tear or fashions dictated

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