Chinese scabbard

Chinese scabbard - Ancient Chinese scabbard China (late Qin...

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Ancient Chinese scabbard China (late Qin early Han) Costuming Dress 3hr. in research This sheath represents a scabbard (or sheath) in Chinese history, around the time of the late Qin and early Han Dynasty. During this time there was a lot of fighting going on between China and the Xiongnu (Hsiung-nu) tribes. Therefore, there was a need for a good strong weapon. The preferred weapon by the soldiers during this time was the Jian. The Jian was sometimes referred to as the “Sovereign of blades” and was used as a base for adaptations to it. (Such as the Dao Jian, on the screen) (and you if you can see they have like a little yin and yang symbol in the center) The Jian were normally made of Iron or steel and were around 26-32 inches long. Obviously they are no longer used in wars. However, some Daoist still use them in religious ceremonies for martial arts training, and some high ranking officials still wear them to show their stature. This, would kind of be like, how the generals in the American Civil war would always wear a sword during their portraits to kind of show that they where ready to fight. There are 3 common types of Jian, but the one used for this scabbard, is one that is relatively narrow, and comes to a point at the end. A common scabbard was usually made of wood, to protect people from getting cut by the sharp edges of the blade. There are not many records of exactly how the wooden part of the scabbard was made, partially due to the huge book burning during this time. However, recently some new evidence has come up to help figure out how it was done. To start out, the person making the scabbard would find a large piece of wood about the size of his sword. Then he would cut the piece in to two. Next he would hollow out each of the sides until the sword was just able to fit inside the sheath. This would create something that looked a lot like a mold. The two ends would then either be glued on, bound together, or sometimes both. And just a side note sometimes when the sword maker didn’t want to use leather they would often use the binding method. This way they could form designs with the metal without having to paint it. Anyways, then, after it had dried for a little bit a covering would be put on to help water proof it. Most of the time, it would be covered with sting ray skin since that was sturdier than something that
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would easily rip like cloth. The ray skin could also then be painted on so it would look fancier than just a plain sheet of wood. Also, ray skin would be easy to get because of the fact that China is relatively close to the ocean and that they where very big on fishing. When I was looking for the fabric I tried to find something that was relatively close, and so I used this fabric because it has that kind of smooth texture sting rays normally have. Leather, was also used to
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2011 for the course HUM 330 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '11 term at DeVry Plano.

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