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.

NiuweidaoA classic niúwěidāo.

A shundaoA 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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From approximately the 5th to 3rd century B.C.

€2800,-

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

€3200,-

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

€5000,-

A fine Chinese straightsword blade, of typical Qing form with a rather wide profile.

€4500,-

A rather well-made example of its type.

€1500,-

Used to move imperial orders from the emperor’s quarters to the recipient.

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