Language: Mandarin Chinese

Description

Dāo () in Chinese is used to describe a wide variety of single-edged tools and weapons. A dāo can be a knife, a saber, a backsword, a falchion, a pole-arm, and so on.

Examples

In martial arts and collector's circles, dāo () is usually used to describe the standard Chinese saber. It is, of course, preferable to use more specific terms in that case, like pèidāo or niúwěidāo.

Qing dynasty peidao A pèidāo or "waist-worn saber" which could have any type of blade form.

Niuweidao A classic niúwěidāo.

A shundao A shūndāo, which is a small utility knife used primarily to cut meat.

The diagram below shows a number of types of dāo () in use by the Green Standard Army in the 18th century. Although this is just a fraction of the items that are categorized as dāo, it gives an indication of the broad variety of implements categorized as such.

 

Weapons of the Green Standard Army

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Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.

€2000,-

With designs of four dragons in scrollwork around a "wish-granting-jewel"

€2900,-

A purely Chinese guard and not a very orn

€175,-

With heavy pierced silver mounts in with archaic dragon designs.

€1200,-

Such rings were worn by Qing dynasty "bannermen" as a sign of their status as a conquest elite.

€600,-

A Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.

€800,-