Archery accessories

The Quiver

 

Magyar side quiver

Magyar archer equipped with bow, quiver and pike

The original Magyar quiver (tegez) hung from the belt, arrows were placed with their heads up.

Originally, the tegez was a round, bulky accessory, with some considerable diameter and weight. Later, this quiver went through quite some modifications, following the style of other Asian horseback archers. Strange as it sounds, advancements in technique and gear never came to Hungary from Europe, all the military engineering inventions came from the ingenious “nomads” of the steppes of Asia.

It is quite interesting to note that the “Tatar” (i.e. Mongol) armies around 1200 A.D. were able to defeat the Magyars with ease, due to the fact that the Tatar bows had some 300 years engineering advantages to Hungarian ones. This made them able to shoot longer ranges (FPS, or frame per second, is the unit of the bow’s strength or speed, which is in direct connection with range).

Quiver design origin

Image of traditional Cuman (Kun) side quiver

Cuman archer from the 12th century

Apparently, the “modern” quiver design was brought to Hungary from Asia by the fierce Cuman (Kun) archers around the 12th century.

They settled in central Hungary and(keeping their own customs and traditions) havelived here as part of our nation ever since.Map of 12th century Hungary

 

The standby quiver

 

Standby quiver

12th century standby quiver

While the longer quivers covered all of the arrows, protecting them from harm (e.g. bad weather), the standby quiver made it easier to draw and was en essential part of the battle.

The standby quiver was in fact invented in prehistoric times.

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