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Chinese loukong export guard

Chinese lòukōng sword guard

This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:
Jian guard logo

Hūshǒu (護手)

Chinese for the handguard of a weapon.
Chinese pierced sword guard logo

Qing openwork saber guard

A fine sword guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty. It were fine Chinese dāo hùshǒu like this example that became the prototypes for an entire genre of Japanese tsuba with strong Chinese influence. It's nice to find a 100% Chinese example from time to time, like this one.
Qing om a hum mantra saber guard

Chinese hùshǒu with lantsa script

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

Chinese sword guards in Japan

The Chinese saber guard is called dāo hūshǒu (刀護手), or hùshǒu pán (護手盤) in Chinese. This literally translates to "saber handguard" or "disc handguard". At some point, the Japanese got quite a taste for them. Over the years a number of them have turned up from Japanese sources that exhibit alterations that indicate they were used by Japanese on their swords.
Malachite Manchu thumb ring logo

Malachite Manchu archer's ring

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

Tongzhi period ceremonial halberd

A bronze processional piece with reign marks attributing it to the year 1864.
Chinese - Vietnamese fighting knife

Heavy Sino-Vietnamese dagger

With a very thick and heavy blade and nicely worked brass mounts.
Late Qing jian logo

A fine late Qing jian

A step above the norm in quality for this period, with nicely pierced mounts.
Cantonese saber logo

Cantonese saber

With brass mounts and ray skin covered scabbard.
A southern dao logo

Southern Chinese saber

Of typical southern form with a very slender, pointy blade.
Yanyuedao logo

Southern Chinese yǎnyuèdāo

A large and impressive blade, its pole cut-down.
Niuweidao logo

An early form niúwěidāo

With good, layered blade, mounted in forged iron mounts.
Chinese helmet logo

Kuī (盔)

Chinese word for helmet.
Jeyen Manchu saber tip logo

Jeyen

Manchu word for the tip of a saber.
Teišun-i giyan

Teišun-i giyan

Manchu for a brass or bronze mace.
Bowstring knot logo

Xián gé dā (弦挌搭)

Chinese term for the knot in a bowstring.
Qing bowstring logo

Gōng xián (弓弦)

Chinese term for the bowstring.
Gong mian logo

Gōng miàn (弓面)

Chinese term for the face of a bow, usually made of buffalo horn.
Birch bark logo

Huà huà pí (畫樺皮)

Chinese term for the "painted birch bark" often covering composite bows.
Bow brain logo

Gōng nǎo (弓腦)

Chinese term for the "knee" of a composite bow.
String bridge logo

Gōng diànzi (弓墊子)

Chinese term for the string bridge on some types of composite bows.
Qing bow notch logo

Kòuzi (扣子)

Chinese term for the string notch on each bow tip.
Qing bow tip

Shāo tóu (弰頭)

Chinese term for the tips on either end of a bow.
Arrow slipping spot logo

Jiàn liūzi (箭溜子)

Chinese term for the spot on the bow where the arrow slips by.
Loukong Chinese openwork

Lòukōng (鏤空)

Chinese term for openwork.
Chinese bow ear logo

Gōng shāo (弓弰)

Chinese term for "bow ear".
Strength bow

Wǔkē gōng (武科弓)

Chinese term for heavy bows, often used for strength testing and training.
Strength testing bow logo

A Qing strength bow

A very heavy Manchu bow used for strength training and military examinations.
Deconstructed Qing bow logo

A deconstructed Qing bow

For the bowyers, a set of parts of an authentic 19th century Qing bow.
Qing folding bow logo

Qing folding bow

A short-eared composite bow with an iron hinge in the handle so it folds upon itself.
Eastern Tibetan or Jinchuan dagger logo

Studded Eastern Tibetan dagger

Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
Bow grip

Gōngbà bǎngzi (弓弝膀子)

Chinese term for the sides of the bow grip.
Bow grip

Gōngbà (弓弝)

Chinese term for "bow grip".
Gong logo

Gōng (弓)

Chinese word for bow.
Bow logo

Qing bow glossary

A glossary of terminology regarding the Manchu style bow that was in common use during the Qing dynasty.
Qing rank badge

Bŭzi (補子)

Chinese for a ranking badge worn by civil and military officials
Qing military rank badge

Qing military rank badge

Depicting the golden cat, representing the 6th military rank.
Dai dha overall

Fine Chinese Shan dha

Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa dha

Husa Valley dha

A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
Chinese pole arm logo

Qing piandao polearm

Of a style that fell out of use with the fall of the Qing.
Late Qing jian

Late Qing jian

A typical example, complete with lacquered scabbard.
Iron mounted republican jian

Late iron mounted jian

A rarer configuration, normally mounted with brass in this period. With a chrome-plated blade.
Militia dao

Ming militia dao

From the Ming-Qing transition period, with many typical Ming features.
Qing militia jian

Seven stars militia jian

A short, stout Chinese straightsword of a type used by village defenses across the empire.
Hui dadao

Chinese Hui sword

A peculiar Chinese dadao with markings attributing it to a Hui army or battallion.
Indo-Chinese fighting dagger

Sino-Vietnamese fighting knife

A Chinese style fighting knife probably made in Yunnan or Vietnam.
Qing whistling arrow

Shào jiàn (哨箭)

A Chinese whistling arrow.
War arrow logo

Measurements of a Qing war arrow

The standard military arrow of the Qing empire in numbers.
War arrow

Zhànjiàn (戰箭)

Qing Chinese term meaning "war arrow". The standard Qing military arrow.