As worn by Southern Chinese military and militiamen.
Height 27 cm
Diameter 22 cm
Bamboo, rattan, lacquer or varnish, pigments
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An old Chinese conical helmet of a type that militiamen and foot soldiers wore. This example is rather old, with a deep patina and remains of painted decoration. The outside consists of slivers of bamboo, woven together with rattan strips. The inside lining is a rattan basket weave.
Some losses to paint and to rattan. See photos. No restorations or repairs.
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A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.