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Engraved Roman Style Bronze Legionary Auxiliary Archers Thumb Ring Circa 3rd-5th Century AD Aged with Dark Green Patina (2) Museum Reproduction RB0016
Ancient archers needed to protect their hands from the power of their own longbows during battle, and wore these rings on their bow-thumb, to protect it when drawing the bowstring. The bow was drawn by hooking the thumb around the string just under the arrow, and bracing it against the first finger. The ring would protect the thumb and the bowstring would zip right across it upon release. The original specimen was recovered from ancient battlefields in former Thrace/Macedonia, near the Black Sea (Bulgaria). Deliberately aged with oxidized green patina. A perfect choice for Numismatists, Historians, Military Veterans, Collectors.
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The auxiliary archers of the Roman Legions preferred the Mediterranean Draw method of archery (using the fingers to pull the bow) until they encountered eastern enemies using the Mongolian Draw, which uses the thumb. They were able to fire many more arrows, hold their shots, and fire from horseback. The pad of the thumb is protected by this type of ring. The Mongolian Draw replaced the Mediterranean Draw in the late 2nd, early 3rd Century AD amongst the Roman archers.
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