22 September 2015

Mao (矛)

Ming Chinese Snake Spear
Drawing of a Mao, from 'Deng Tang Bi Jiu (《登堂必究》)'.
The Mao (矛, spear) is simply another name for Qiang (鎗). There is no functional difference between a Mao and a Qiang, in fact both terms can be used interchangeably to refer to the same weapon. Nevertheless, Mao is sometimes used to designate a specific type of spear with a snake-like, curvy spearhead, colloquially known as She Mao (蛇矛, snake spear).

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