Styled after many traditional bow making practices in China, The Mongolian version was almost identical to most Asian ranged weapons of the Era. Composite in nature, Mongolian Bows too used compressed tension (when being brawn backwards), to fire their projectiles (arrows). The were normally fashioned from 3 pieces and could take up to a year to complete. The recurve of their shape gave them greater distance. Mongolian versions were known to be slightly smaller (due to their primary use from horseback – normally at a full gallop). There was a special relationship between the bow, horse and warrior that way key to The Mongols effectiveness in combat. Mongolian Bows were often painted in tribal colors and were not decorated. Losing a bow in battle was considered the ultimate disgrace – often punished by dismemberment (loss of a finger) or death. Mongolian Bows retained much of their similarity in construction design from the 9th thru the 14th Centuries.