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Mongol Bow

The Mongol Bow is a type of recurved composite bow used in Mongolia.

These bows where the main weapons of the mongol warriors in Genghis Khan period.

Warriors Carried at least 2 Bows, a long one for long range work and a shorter one for mounted combat.

The arrows

Birch is a typical material for arrows. The normal length of an arrow is between 80 and 100 cm, and the shafts diameter is around 1 cm. The mongols pay close attention to the minutest details, the placement of the fletching in relation to their size, and what part of the bird feathers originate from are of great importance for correct rotation and good balance in the air.

The whistling arrows

These arrows are useful during hunting, because the effect on animals of an arrow whistling away high above the ground is often to make them stop, curious to see what is in the air. This gives the hunter time  to launch a second arrow with lethal intent. These arrows are made by inserting an arrowhead of bone in which hollows channels have been created. When shot such arrowheads make a very audible sound through the air.


Event / GNAP Mongolia

Where / Mongolia

Date / September 2022


Amarsaikhan Namsraijav



Width / 15 m

Lenght / 7 m








47°47’54.0825″ N

102°46’57.7904″ E


Mongolian Archers, silver print, circa 1930. Anonymous soviet photographer.