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Updated: Mar 25, 2019 Print

Dagger-axe (ge): A dagger-axe is a pole weapon with a dagger-shaped blade mounted perpendicularly on a long wooden shaft by its tang. It is among the oldest weapons of China, and is used with a thrusting motion.

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Dagger-axe (ge), early Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC), collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/dpm.org.cn]


Axe (yue): The yue axe has dual use as an arm and as an instrument for torture. Like the dagger-axe, it is used by mounting it on a wooden handle.

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Axe, late Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC), collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/dpm.org.cn]


Spear (mao): A spear is a pole weapon used with a thrusting motion. The bronze spear is mounted on a wooden shaft.

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Spear (mao), Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC), collection of the National Museum of China [Photo/chnmuseum.cn]


Sword (jian): A sword is a double-edged weapon consisting of a hilt and a straight, long, pointed blade. It is intended for slashing or thrusting. When not in use, the sword is put in a scabbard and worn fixed to the waist belt.

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Sword (jian), Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256 BC), collection of the National Museum of China [Photo/chnmuseum.cn]



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