Indian Quiver with Arrows

India, 18th-19th century

Leather, textile, wooden arrows

73 cm length



Stock No.: 5335

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Indian Quiver with Arrows

The leather bodies of the quiver and the bowcase is covered with cloth, which is in turn embroidered with silver threads and sequins. The embroidery pattern forms a lattice design, which contains circular shapes bordered by foliated bands. To the side of the leather cases are suspension cords and loops. The bamboo arrows are dyed in green and red bands towards either ends, they have steel points.



Archery was commonly practised in Mughal India, as seen from Mughal manuscript paintings that depict hunting and battle scenes. For example, this scene depicting "the Battle of Shahbarghan" from a Padshahnama (Chronicle of the Emperor) shows a group of archers aiming at their opponents. This painting shows also the quivers were tied to the archers’ waists. 



An almost identical quiver with bowcase is illustrated in Missillier (Paris, 1988; Pp.108-9, Cat.103). It has the same green colour cloth with silver thread embroidery. A series of embroidered Indian quivers, with similar shape and decorative scheme as ours, is at the Victoria and Albert Museum (3309:1/(IS)889-18523437&A/1toA/4/(IS)).



Reference: 

Missillier, Philippe, and Howard Ricketts. Splendeur des armes orientales. Paris: ACTE-EXPO, 1988.

 

Indian Quiver with Arrows


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