Light Tanks Marks I - VI by David Fletcher, Henry Morshead

By David Fletcher, Henry Morshead

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These were standard trade commodities, harking back to a time when animal hides had been trading currency. The regular size was probably an inch or less thick and the ‘one palm’ thickness suggests that Amenhotep’s targets may have consisted of multiple copper sheets placed back to back. Such shooting displays, with the reins tied around the waist, were customary demonstrations for pharaohs affirming their martial prowess. I have tried this and found that, for the forward shot, it was possible to adjust and maintain the direction of the horses by slight movements of the torso.

However, the dimensions – a fraction over 2 inches from top to bottom – suggest that it is absurdly small to be an effective wrist-guard. Both the shape and size are consistent with it being a thumb-guard. The burial is dated to the reign of the Pharaoh Senwosret I (r. 1971– 1926 BC), which is around 300 years prior to the arrival of the Hyksos. We may therefore deduce that the thumb-draw was in use in Egypt prior to the adoption of the composite bow. Moreover, it seems most probable that leather thumb-tabs remained in use into the age of the angular bow.

The curious little nipple at the apex of the tab was puzzling at first, but made sense in practical trials. It served as a locator between the base of the index and middle fingers, ensuring a consistent position and preventing the tab from slipping. (KH) It is apparent from art that the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Hittites and others who used the angular bow did so by means of some style of thumb-release. To date no physical evidence of solid thumb-rings or shooting gloves has been discovered, but there is a clue that leather thumb-tabs may have been employed.

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