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Old July 2nd, 2010, 03:40 PM   #1
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Has any one heard of stone bows?


I have just finished reading A Short walk in the Hindu Kush by Evelyn Waugh. The book relates how Waugh and his friend Hugh Carless decided to travel to Afghanistan in 1957, there purpose was to clime a mountain in the Hindu Kush, Mir Samir, and visit Nuristan, a province only forcibly converted to Islam only in the 1890ís.

In the book he several times mentioned stone bows, but gave no descriptions, only that the Mullah they were travelling with entertained his grandson by using it to shot at lizards. Now I must admit my first mental picture was of a stone cupids bow shooting little wooden arrows, but remembering that this is one of the most isolated and hostile regions in the world, I thought not. My next thought was that it may have been a stone carved slingshot weapon, but after a little googling realised that these were wooden bows made for firing stone. There purpose would seem to have been taking down birds and small mammals rather than a human target.

I was wondering if anyone had come across stone bows, used them or had an idea of how they were used. Most internet sources discuss crossbow types and would seem to indicate that they were for the use of children, somewhat inappropriate for an adult in an area and age still dominated by the blood feud.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 04:35 PM   #2

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Re: Has any one heard of stone bows?


Found this, it breifly describes the usage.

http://www.virtualworldlets.net/Reso...=AboutStonebow
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 05:42 PM   #3

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Well gary, like you, when I saw the title I thought stome bows were mode of stone, rather than bows that shot stones.

Toltec's link resolved the issue for me.
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Re: Has any one heard of stone bows?


I actually own a stone bow. I picked it up in northern Thailand about 25 years ago. It came with a basket-like "quiver" to carry the stones, and its bowstring has a small pounch in the center to seat the stone when the bow is drawn. I have displayed it on my wall in various homes over the years, and quite a few people have commented on its unusual design.
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Old July 6th, 2010, 02:52 PM   #5
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That great Bucephalus, It would appear that they were pretty prevalent in Asia, it would seem that becourse they were so common in times gone by that they were not commented on, pretty much as slingshots were used through out time in Europe. Any chance of a picture ?? Most I have seen on the internet are of a crossbow type
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Any chance of a picture ?? Most I have seen on the internet are of a crossbow type
Sure. I'll try to dig it up (I do not have it displayed currently, so I'll have to find it in storage)...
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If the question also includes "bows made of stone", then the large crossbows made of metal and stone (marble looking) which are on display in many German museums may be of interest...maybe at Heidleberg and Aschaffenberg.
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