Shang Dynasty warriors with shields and bronze masks (reconstruction by the archaeologist A.I. Colovbeva)

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CONTINUED FROM PART II

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In this last part, I go on with modern reliable images of Chinese troops bearing shields from the Shang Dynasty Era up to the 19th century in order to demonstrate specifically the evolution of the Chinese shields. There are also a few examples of Korean and Japanese shields which are closely related to the Chinese ones, sometimes being almost identical with them.

The images depict more shield bearing warriors in order to demonstrate specifically the evolution of the Chinese shields (not in chronological order): a Spring and Autumn period Chinese warrior, warriors of the Three kingdoms Period with a North-western rebel bearing a shield (Osprey publishing), a reconstruction of a Korean pre-modern combatant with an elaborate shield, a Japanese example of a Samurai army fighting covered behind static tower shields (Zvezda), a Qing dynasty army with many Chinese troopers bearing shields,  a Chinese heavy spearman of the period 189-620 AD, Ming dynasty troops with a halberdier bearing a shield (Osprey publishing), a shield of a tigerman, mid-19th cent (Crown copyright) and finally a map of the Warring States of China in 350 BC to demonstrate the political frame.

 

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