Category Archives: Chinese arms and armour

Qin Chinese recurved Bow with arrows

A Chinese Manchu recurved or compound bow from the 19th century. Still strung with its original silk cord bowstring, and retaining two original arrows. Chinese compound bows  such as this were made for military use and carefully constructed with techniques going back hundreds of years. The black horn tip of this example is carved with a makers signature to denote the quality of the workmanship. The siyahs or bow tips are covered with white rayskin, the front of the bow arms with strips of coloured bark, the back of the arms are broad strips of black horn, Between the inner and outer face is a sinew core which gives the bow its powerful elastic pull. the grip is wrapped with cork. The two arrows which accomany it are good examples, one has damage where the tip beneath the head is split with a little broken off, and one part of the nock missing. Both arrows retain most of their flight feathers. The bow itself is in reasonable condition, one bone string rest is lacking, and some loss to the bark outer covering in places, and general age wear to parts. This bow was brought back as booty from Beijing by a German soldier (the great grandfather of the previous owner ) fighting in the Boxer Rebellion during the 1900/1901 period. 

 

 

Fine Tabar Axe from Persia Central Asia Samarkand with silver mounts and Chinese Jade archers ring 18th century

A fine and interesting early Persian or Central Asian War Axe  Tabar or ‘Tabarzin’.  This piece is significant in its weight and size, the steel axehead itself is deeply decorated in relief with scenes of a mounted warrior amongst animals and trees, presumably made from wootz steel. The mounting of the axe is most unusual, below the head is a fine quality Chinese archers ring of Jade, which appears to be early Qing Dynasty in date. The top and bottom shaft mounts are of thick silver, exquisitely chiselled with geometric borders and flowers, suggesting a Central Asian Uzbek or Bukharan origin. The shaft itself is unusually carved in a  series of spirals which adds a most dramatic appearance to the piece.

interesting Tibetan knife from the Kham region, Western China

Very nice Tibetan shortsword from Kham. An antique  Dagger from  Tibet Kham Province, China. Typical steel cap with projections, brass bound grip. The scabbard strikingly designed with ridges of steel and green dyed leather.   The blade of tapering triangular form made from linear laminated steels. 18th or early 19th century

Rare pair of ming or qing Chinese heavy bronze Sai Jian bar maces.

 

Rare pair of Chinese heavy bronze Sai Jian bar maces. The blades of thick four sided section concave to each face to form a sharp edge on each corner. The handles ending with ball finials and grips wrapped with fabric. Very rare coming with original double leather sheath, each mace weighing over 2 kgs, together nearly 4.5 kgs, each mace 63 cms long

Rare Qing Sino-Tibetan Iron Military Helmet Chinese helmet with Tibetan style silver and gold decoration

Rare Chinese Qing or ‘Manchu’ Military helmet of steel, blackened iron with silver and gold Tibetan style decoration, Very good old provenance. Dating to the 17th or early 18th century

Wonderful Antique Bronze Lantaka ship or deck cannon from Borneo/Brunei with crocodile

A superb early Bronze Lantaka deck cannon or swivel gun from Northen Borneo /Brunei. These ornate bronze canons were typically used along the gunwales and decks of ships, most notoriously those used by the Malay pirates who were active in the South China Seas around Borneo and the Philippines. This examples is small, cast from heavy bronze and ornate with a cast crocodile mounted to the front, and also most interestingly has an exploded breech section showing a failure during active firing!! 19th century or earlier

Antique Vietnamese Dha sword from Hanoi, silver and brass mounted

a very nice dha type sword from North Vietnam, interesting weapon with chiselled engraving to the steel blade, banded brass and silver hilt with decorative features, a tsuba like guard, original sheath, certainly 19th century or earlier coming soon to Ashoka Arts fine antique swords and weapons  now added

Antique Chinese swords.. Dao and Jian..

coming soon 4 antique oriental chinese swords, A dao chopper with long horn hilt, an early Jian type with unusual blade, a willow leaf sabre Dao, and another broad-bladed sabre… all with watered damascus steel blades..! to come with the latest update from Ashoka Arts Fine Antique Arms and Armour..!

antique Chinese Repeating crossbow…

a second rare repeating crossbow Chu-ko-nu from China soon to be added to the store.. this fantastic 19th century bow has been restrung and is fully working allowing the user to see and feel exactly how it would have been used in combat. Used against the British in the 1850’s and the Japanese in the 1890’s, this ingenious and effective weapon has been used in China since the Han dynasty! used against mass troops and with bolts of steel probably poison-tipped.. supplied with a few dummy bolts..