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Hugh Soar
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Report of Chinese Bow and Arrow manufacture in Chengtu. Disc

Post: #1299 Hugh Soar
Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:59 pm

For those who are interested in early Chinese bow-making , Colleague Dr.Peter Drury has created a Disc containing the text and photographs of the 'Investigative Report on Bow and Arrow Manufacture in Chengtu'. This informative Report has been unavailable for many years and we are indebted to Peter for his initiative in making it available to members of the Society. Peter's e-mail address may be found on your copy of ARROWHEAD.

Bede
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Re: Report of Chinese Bow and Arrow manufacture in Chengtu.

Post: #1306 Bede
Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:55 am

This is an extremely useful book. It has many technical details that have been lost or misunderstood by later generations of bowyers. The sections on arrow making and string making are illuminating two. There are a few typos in the text relating to measurements (mm and cm sometimes being mixed up) and costs of materials (sometimes out by a factor of 10). However, any reasonably alert reader can correct them. I mention the cost of materials since this is a good starting point for the costing of bows and arrows in general. Even though this represents the 1940s, the relative cost of equipment is probably still true for the Qing period. Perhaps greater demand would have made some things dearer or economies of scale would have made them cheaper. The report of McCartney's embassy to the court of the Qianlong Emperor has some prices for the 18th century. How reliable these are has not been really investigated. In European historical writing, it is usually assumed that a European observer will always be more accurate, but it must be taken into account that they always dealt through Chinese employees whose negotiation skills in the market place were legendary. If they weren't buying, but just asking, the prices might have been considerably different from those to a soldier buying a quiver full of arrows. Other scholars using Manchu and Chinese documents are progressing with more accurate studies.
Bede

Hugh Soar
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Re: Report of Chinese Bow and Arrow manufacture in Chengtu.

Post: #1308 Hugh Soar
Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:35 am

Thank you Bede for that helpful commentary.

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Re: Report of Chinese Bow and Arrow manufacture in Chengtu.

Post: #1309 Bede
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:24 am

It is my pleasure Hugh. This is an important book and the Society and its members have had an important part in allowing Western readers to learn about many traditions of Asian archery. These things are commonplace to members but in the wider world few people realise how much influence the Society has through searching out obscure books and either publishing them or supporting their distribution. The Manchester Museum has been an important vehicle for this work.
Bede

Hakan
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Re: Report of Chinese Bow and Arrow manufacture in Chengtu.

Post: #1332 Hakan
Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:27 pm

Is this the same report as was published in Soochow University Journal of Chinese Art History vol 11 1981 by Tan-Chung T'an ?
In that case Christmas has come early! I never had time to go to the university library in Madison, WI when I visited relatives a few years ago, and my french is too poor to make any sense out of the publication from Émotion Primitive.

/Håkan

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Re: Report of Chinese Bow and Arrow manufacture in Chengtu.

Post: #1334 Hugh Soar
Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:33 am

This is so.


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