I recently came across a pic of the bow and arrows of the famous Indian king Maharana Pratap.

I am curious to know what purpose does the half-moon-shaped arrow have, was it used to kill enemies? and also it would be great to learn about others as well, there is another one that appears to be like a ball.(third from middle-left)

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Thanks in advance.

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    Google "crescent shaped arrow head".
    – Tomas By
    Jan 2 at 5:28
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    Ball may be to kill small animals without damaging skin.
    – Tomas By
    Jan 2 at 5:29
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    Welcome; thank you for another question on toxophilia! Question is not trivial, but is a duplicate. As best I recall, we don't know. We haven't found any historical sources that explain them. Birding is a theory (as mentioned above, but we don't have any evidence to support/refute). For research see MarkStretton and Tod's Workshop.
    – MCW
    Jan 2 at 12:38
  • archive.org/details/dli.ministry.25958/page/102/mode/… says "There was one of crescent shape more than four inches across at the barbs. Though they did not penetrate easily, yet when they happen to graze a limb, they cut desperately. When discharged among bodies of troops they were found to do amazing mischief."
    – Henry
    Jan 4 at 13:58


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