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Heavy Sino-Vietnamese dagger
With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
A fine late Qing jian
A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
Southern Chinese saber
Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
Southern Chinese yǎnyuèdāo
A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
An early form niúwěidāo
With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Chinese word for helmet.
Manchu word for the tip of a saber.
Manchu for a brass or bronze mace.
Xián gé dā (弦挌搭)
Chinese term for the knot in a bowstring.
Gōng xián (弓弦)
Chinese term for the bowstring.
Gōng miàn (弓面)
Chinese term for the face of a bow, usually made of buffalo horn.
Huà huà pí (畫樺皮)
Chinese term for the "painted birch bark" often covering composite bows.
Gōng nǎo (弓腦)
Chinese term for the "knee" of a composite bow.
Gōng diànzi (弓墊子)
Chinese term for the string bridge on some types of composite bows.
Chinese term for the string notch on each bow tip.
Shāo tóu (弰頭)
Chinese term for the tips on either end of a bow.
Jiàn liūzi (箭溜子)
Chinese term for the spot on the bow where the arrow slips by.
Chinese term for openwork.
Gōng shāo (弓弰)
Chinese term for "bow ear".
Wǔkē gōng (武科弓)
Chinese term for heavy bows, often used for strength testing and training.
A Qing strength bow
A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
A deconstructed Qing bow
For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
Qing folding bow
A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
Studded Eastern Tibetan dagger
Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
Gōngbà bǎngzi (弓弝膀子)
Chinese term for the sides of the bow grip.
Chinese term for "bow grip".
Chinese word for bow.
Qing bow glossary
A glossary of terminology regarding the Manchu style bow that was in common use during the Qing dynasty.
Chinese for a ranking badge worn by civil and military officials
Qing military rank badge
Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
Fine Chinese Shan dha
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa Valley dha
A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
Qing piandao polearm
Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Late Qing jian
A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Late iron mounted jian
A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Ming militia dao
From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Seven stars militia jian
A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Chinese Hui sword
A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Sino-Vietnamese fighting knife
A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
Shào jiàn (哨箭)
A Chinese whistling arrow.
Measurements of a Qing war arrow
The standard military arrow of the Qing empire in numbers.
Qing Chinese term meaning "war arrow". The standard Qing military arrow.
A traditional fire-making pouch.
Manchu word for a type of large hunting knife.
Chinese name for a type of large hunting knife.
(綠營) or "Green Standard Army" was a large force of the Qing dynasty military.
Niowanggiyan turun-i cooha
Manchu for Green Standard Army: The all-Han army of the Qing dynasty.
Green Standard Army
The all-Han army of the Qing dynasty.
Manchu word for the Valiant Cavalry, the main contingent of Manchu, Mongolian and Chinese Banner troops.