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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 03 Sep, 2012 8:09 pm    Post subject: Arms & Armour of the First Emperor of China (Photo Heavy         Reply with quote

The Hong Kong Museum of History is holding a special exhibition, entitled "The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor". On display are many artifacts, all dating from the Qin Dynasty, including some of the world famous statues from the Terracota Army. I toured the exhibition recently, and took photos of the arms and armour on display, which I thought I would share for the benefit of those interested in oriental arms and armour.

Chinese polearm head and spear head


First sword. It has a hexagonal cross section.


Close up of the sword point


Close up of the strong of the blade
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 03 Sep, 2012 8:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Reconstruction of ceremonial stone armour


Detail: reconstruction of ceremonial stone armour


Antique stone armour
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 03 Sep, 2012 8:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Skull of a man slain by an arrow. If you look behind his jaw, you can see the arrowhead portruding


Bronze dagger


Second sword. It appears to be of octagonal cross-section


Contemporary bronze model of a crossbow
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Mon 03 Sep, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If anyone is interested, I have a few other photos that I have not posted here, such as bronze arrowheads, Chinese "mace" heads, and the ceremonial stone helmet that goes with the armour, among other things.
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William P




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

id be interested,

im also curious if there are any items identified as belonging to the 'meteor hammer', which was a fist sized metal ball on a long rope said to have been invented around the same time.
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

William P wrote:
id be interested,

im also curious if there are any items identified as belonging to the 'meteor hammer', which was a fist sized metal ball on a long rope said to have been invented around the same time.


I didn't see anything like that William. As far as I know, they did not have any on display.
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep, 2012 10:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Reconstruction of a ceremonial stone helmet:


The "mace" heads


Bronze crossbow bolts


Bronze tool knife
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Mart Shearer




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PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep, 2012 11:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I gather from your quotation marks that you also suspect the mace heads might have been mis-identified?
ferrum ferro acuitur et homo exacuit faciem amici sui
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Craig Peters




PostPosted: Tue 04 Sep, 2012 6:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Either that, or my memory of what was written on the plaque is inaccurate. ;-)
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