Timurid Crossbow, before and after Timurid Period

Jan 2019
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Southeast Asia
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The Timurid crossbow is probably already well known in this forum. It has long powerstroke unlike European style crossbow that was often depicted in the Middle East in its more western part like Egypt or Syria.

Weapon Middle East Timurid 1467 crossbow Zafarnama by Bihzad 1.jpg
Weapon Middle East Timurid 1467 crossbow Zafarnama by Bihzad 2.jpg

I manage to find a Mongol Ilkhanate early 14th century depiction of crossbow with long powerstroke from the Diez Album.

Weapon Mongol Ilkhanate crossbow in Diez Album long powerstroke.png

And it is still used in the Safavid Period. This one is from Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp 1525-1530.

Weapon Persia Safavid 16th century 1525-1530 Shah Tahmasp Shahnameh Safavid crossbow follow Ti...jpg

Mughal depiction from 1570

Weapon India crossbow Mughal.jpg

The crossbowman seemingly shot the crossbow with a very small trigger.

So why did such crossbow disappear from use?
 

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