Scythian bows, bending tips
Variants of the Scythian
bow were the dominant form in Asia until approximately the first
century BCE. These were short weapons—one was 119 centimetres (47 in)
long when strung, with arrows perhaps 50–60 centimetres (20–24 in)
long—with flexible, "working" tips; the wooden core was continuous from
the centre to the tip.