28 May 2016

Shou Pai (手牌)

Ming Chinese Wooden Shield
A Shou Pai, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
Shou Pai (手牌, hand shield) is a long and narrow hand shield made of poplar or pine wood. It is five chi seven cun tall, about one chi wide, and shaped like a concave hexagon.

This type of shield was rarely used. In fact, Shou Pai usually refers to Yan Wei Pai (燕尾牌).

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