Friday, March 20, 2015

Ancient Chinese Crossbow

Almost completely intact, including the wooden parts. From one of the terracotta army pits in Xian, so dating to around 200 BCE.

1 comment:

G. Verloren said...

I've always had a soft spot for crossbows (particularly stone bows), so I'm super interested in this find.

For whatever reason I find myself drawn to the "unglamorous", everyday weapons of the masses, rather than the long glorified weapons of the elites. Spears fascinate me more than swords, crossbows more than bows, muskets more than lances, that sort of thing.