A well dressed man shooting a bow.

Archery

A well dressed man shooting a bow.

A well dressed woman shooting a bow.

Archery

A well dressed woman shooting a bow.

"The bow used for shooting arrows, is one of the most ancient of all weapons, but is characteristic of Asia rather than of Europe. In the Roman armies it was scarcely ever employed except by auxiliaries; and these auxiliaries, called sagittarii, were chiefly Cretans and Arabians. This image shows the Scythian or Parthian bow unstrung." — Smith, 1873

Arcus

"The bow used for shooting arrows, is one of the most ancient of all weapons, but is characteristic…

"The bow used for shooting arrows, is one of the most ancient of all weapons, but is characteristic of Asia rather than of Europe. In the Roman armies it was scarcely ever employed except by auxiliaries; and these auxiliaries, called sagittarii, were chiefly Cretans and Arabians. This image shows the usual form of the Grecian bow, which had a double curvature, consisting of two circular portions united by the handle. When not used the bow was put into a case which was made of leather, and sometimes ornamented." — Smith, 1873

Arcus

"The bow used for shooting arrows, is one of the most ancient of all weapons, but is characteristic…

"The bow used for shooting arrows, is one of the most ancient of all weapons, but is characteristic of Asia rather than of Europe. In the Roman armies it was scarcely ever employed except by auxiliaries; and these auxiliaries, called sagittarii, were chiefly Cretans and Arabians. When not used the bow was put into a case which was made of leather, and sometimes ornamented. This image shows a drawing the bow." — Smith, 1873

Arcus

"The bow used for shooting arrows, is one of the most ancient of all weapons, but is characteristic…

"European (15th century) Arrow."-Whitney, 1902

Arrow

"European (15th century) Arrow."-Whitney, 1902

"Assyrian bas-relief. Part of a Lion-hunt, from Nimrud." —D'Anvers, 1895

Assyrian bas-relief

"Assyrian bas-relief. Part of a Lion-hunt, from Nimrud." —D'Anvers, 1895

This lady's blouse is a late 19th century design shown in front and back view. It has puffed sleeves, a rippled material that covers the shoulders, and a ribbon that ties at the waist.

Lady's Blouse

This lady's blouse is a late 19th century design shown in front and back view. It has puffed sleeves,…

A book with a bow

Book

A book with a bow

A weapon, by means of which an arrow is propelled.

Bow

A weapon, by means of which an arrow is propelled.

To bend, in token of reverence, respect, or civility.

Bow

To bend, in token of reverence, respect, or civility.

Two Japanese people bowing to eachother.

Bow

Two Japanese people bowing to eachother.

A weapon that shoots arrows and is useful for hunting and war.

Bow

A weapon that shoots arrows and is useful for hunting and war.

An illustration of a bow.

Bow

An illustration of a bow.

A bow and arrows along side of a blunt weapon.

Bow and Arrows

A bow and arrows along side of a blunt weapon.

"Plait the ribbon a distance from the end to allow for a streamer or bow end. Hold the plaits with the thumb and first finger of the right hand; with the left hand measure the length of the first loop; plait, and hold all plaits by twisting the second end of ribbon around them, drawing it through this twist or loop you have just made, from the direction it was taking when it formed the last loop. If you put this end through the twist from the opposite direction, no knot will be made and your bow will tumble." —Kinne, 1920

Cravat bow

"Plait the ribbon a distance from the end to allow for a streamer or bow end. Hold the plaits with the…

"For the uneven bow, measure a long loop, plait, and hold with right hand. Opposite this, measure, plait, and hold a much shorter loop. Parallel with the first loop measure, plait, and hold a loop a little shorter than the first one Opposite, measure another loop a little shorter than loop No. 2. Parallel with loop No. 1 make a fifth loop. Continue until you have as full a bow as you wish." —Kinne, 1920

Uneven bow

"For the uneven bow, measure a long loop, plait, and hold with right hand. Opposite this, measure, plait,…

A drill worked by a bow and string.

Bow-drill

A drill worked by a bow and string.

Two boys and two girls hold hands while taking a bow.

Bowing

Two boys and two girls hold hands while taking a bow.

"Represents two forms of the bow; the upper, the Scythian or Parthian bow enstrung, agreeing with the form of that now used by the Tartars, the lower, the ordinary bow, like the one mentioned in the text." — Anthon, 1891

Ancient bows

"Represents two forms of the bow; the upper, the Scythian or Parthian bow enstrung, agreeing with the…

A cat wearing a bow.

Cat

A cat wearing a bow.

An illustration of a cat wearing a bow around its neck and reading a book.

Cat Wearing Bow and Reading Book

An illustration of a cat wearing a bow around its neck and reading a book.

A center screw bow to draw circles. The adjustable screw is in the middle of the bow.

Center Screw Bow

A center screw bow to draw circles. The adjustable screw is in the middle of the bow.

A missive weapon formed by a bow fixed athwart a stock in which there is a groove or barrel to direct the missile, a notch or catch to hold the string when the bow is bent, and a trigger to release it.

French Crossbow

A missive weapon formed by a bow fixed athwart a stock in which there is a groove or barrel to direct…

Diana, attired for the chase.

Diana

Diana, attired for the chase.

This late 19th century dotted dress is designed with a bow around the chest area and a lace bow around the neck area. The hat also includes a bow with flowers.

Late 19th Century Dotted Dress

This late 19th century dotted dress is designed with a bow around the chest area and a lace bow around…

This lady's afternoon dress has a top that is designed with a floral print. It it includes a hat that is designed with flowers and a bow tied in the back.

Lady's Afternoon Dress

This lady's afternoon dress has a top that is designed with a floral print. It it includes a hat that…

This is a late 19th century dress that includes a hat that is designed with a bow and flowers.

Late 19th Century Dress

This is a late 19th century dress that includes a hat that is designed with a bow and flowers.

This late 19th Century Dress is shown front and back. It is designed with puffed sleeves and a bow on the chest. The skirt part of the dress has a slit on the side tied with three bows.

Late 19th Century Dress

This late 19th Century Dress is shown front and back. It is designed with puffed sleeves and a bow on…

This misses wrapper dress is a late 19th century design. It buttons from top to bottom, has puffed sleeves and a bow that ties at the neck.

Misses Wrapper Dress

This misses wrapper dress is a late 19th century design. It buttons from top to bottom, has puffed sleeves…

An Egyptian bow and drill.

Egyptian bow and drill

An Egyptian bow and drill.

"Eros with bow" — Gayley, 1893

Eros Bow

"Eros with bow" — Gayley, 1893

"It was during the siege of Methone that Philip had the misfortune to lose on of his eyes. A random arrow discharged from the rampart fell square in the king's face and destroyed one-half of his sight. When the arrow-head was drawn away, it was found to contain the following label: "Astor to Philip's right eye." It appeared on inquiry that the unerring missile had been discharged by an offended archer who has recently offered his services to the king and been rejected. He hd represented to Philip that his skill with the bow was great that he could kill a small bird on the wing. The king not believing the story had put off the applicant with the remark, "Well, well, I shall make use of thee when I go to war with the starlings." Astor has then joined the Methoneans and now vindicated his skill in a way never to be forgotten."—Ridpath, 1885

Astor to Philip's Right Eye

"It was during the siege of Methone that Philip had the misfortune to lose on of his eyes. A random…

"The Diana of Fontainbleau. By Benvenuto Cellini." —D'Anvers, 1895

Diana of Fontainebleau

"The Diana of Fontainbleau. By Benvenuto Cellini." —D'Anvers, 1895

Girl with a basket.

Girl

Girl with a basket.

A girl wearing a hat and sailor dress.

Girl

A girl wearing a hat and sailor dress.

Girl's dress from back.

Girl's dress

Girl's dress from back.

A hand drawing a violin-bow across the edge of a goblet half-filled with water.

Hand with bow and glass

A hand drawing a violin-bow across the edge of a goblet half-filled with water.

This hat is designed with flowers and a bow on top.

Hat

This hat is designed with flowers and a bow on top.

This late 19th century hat is designed with a small bouquet of flowers in the front and a bow in the back.

Late 19th Century Hat

This late 19th century hat is designed with a small bouquet of flowers in the front and a bow in the…

An illustration of a man and woman being introduced to each other.

Introductions

An illustration of a man and woman being introduced to each other.

An illustration of a man bowing to a woman.

Man Bowing to Woman

An illustration of a man bowing to a woman.

An illustration of a man with a bow and arrow.

Man with Bow and Arrow

An illustration of a man with a bow and arrow.

This Late 19th century lady's outfit consists of a fitted jacket with puffed sleeves, a long skirt and a hat that is designed with a bow and flowers.

Late 19th Century Lady's Outfit

This Late 19th century lady's outfit consists of a fitted jacket with puffed sleeves, a long skirt and…

An illustration of a Persian man holding a lamp and bowing.

Persian Man Bowing

An illustration of a Persian man holding a lamp and bowing.

"As I was going up Pippin Hill, Pippin Hill was dirty. There I met a pretty miss, And she dropped me a curtsey."

Pippin Hill

"As I was going up Pippin Hill, Pippin Hill was dirty. There I met a pretty miss, And she dropped me…

The fore part of a ship.

Prow

The fore part of a ship.

A ship's prow.

Ship's prow

A ship's prow.

A ship's prow.

Ship's prow

A ship's prow.

A ship's prow.

Ship's prow

A ship's prow.

A chinese arrow.

Mongol

A chinese arrow.

An Indian stringed instrument played with a bow, used by some pilgrims.

Ravanastron

An Indian stringed instrument played with a bow, used by some pilgrims.

Laprell the rabbit greeting Reynard the Fox who is dressed as a peaceful pilgrim.

Reynard the Fox: Laprell the Rabbit

Laprell the rabbit greeting Reynard the Fox who is dressed as a peaceful pilgrim.

Reynard the Fox, after telling his story about the treasure to the king, proffers a straw to Lion, surrendering the treasure to him.

Reynard the Fox: Proffering to the King

Reynard the Fox, after telling his story about the treasure to the king, proffers a straw to Lion, surrendering…

Rukenaw the ape and her family celebrate Reynard's victory against Isegrim the wolf.

Reynard the Fox: Reynard's Celebration

Rukenaw the ape and her family celebrate Reynard's victory against Isegrim the wolf.

Reynard the Fox at King Noble's court again, telling his side of the story to Lion and the other animals.

Reynard the Fox: Reynard's Story

Reynard the Fox at King Noble's court again, telling his side of the story to Lion and the other animals.

An illustration of three sailors bowing to a woman answering a door.

Sailors at Door Bowing to Woman

An illustration of three sailors bowing to a woman answering a door.

"Sarinda. A Hindu viol, which has a body made of a single wooden block, elliptical in general contour, flat in front and arched at the back, which is hollowed out to a shell." -Whitney, 1911

Sarinda

"Sarinda. A Hindu viol, which has a body made of a single wooden block, elliptical in general contour,…

A shield and assortment of Native American weapons.

Shield and Weapons

A shield and assortment of Native American weapons.