Subotai Longbow from Conan the Barbarian 1982 movie

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Hawkwind

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Riceball

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Thulsa's bow is a different type from Subotai's. Seeing Thulsa's bow, it seems like he has what's called a recurve bow where, when unstrung, the limbs would cuve forward, historically very popular amongst nomadic horsemen. This was because, I believe, that it allowed them get a more powerful bow in a more compact form for use from horseback.

Subotai's bow, on the other, looks like a regular or straight bow where the limbs are more or less straight when unstrung.
 

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nick daring

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I pulled up the movie tonight and I think Subotai's bow is an assymetrical bow!

THe top part is longer and the bottom arm is shorter with a more pronounced curve to it. It's a bit hard to see it in these screen caps but in motion it's much more obvious.

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In the market scenes the bow is unstrung.
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Here a few real mongolian and hun bows with a similar assymetrical structure-
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Turkish Bow feels really close.
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nick daring

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The bow is up for auction! Great pics!
 

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