12 June 2016

Gui Jian (鬼箭)

Ming Dynasty caltrop container
Gui Jian, from 'Ji Xiao Xin Shu (《紀效新書》)'.
Gui Jian (鬼箭, lit. 'Ghost arrow') is a type of iron caltrop that is cooked with either human feces or poison so that it can cause infection when stepped on. It is a very dirty weapon and poses great danger to its user, and thus usually stored inside a container made of bamboo. Instead of planting the caltrops one by one, user of Gui Jian can simply scatter the caltrops directly from the container.

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