21 September 2015

Gou Lian Qiang (鈎鐮鎗)

Water Margin chained cataphracts
Song Jiang (宋江) employs hooked spears to counter the chained cataphracts of Huyan Zhuo (呼延灼). From a Ming period print of Water Margin.
Gou Lian Qiang (鈎鐮鎗, lit. 'Hook sickle spear') is a famous Chinese polearm that combines a spearhead with a single sharpened hook. It should not be confused with Gou Qiang (鈎鎗) or Tie Gou Qiang (鐵鈎鎗).

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