Diao Niao (吊裊)

Ming Dynasty Medieval Wrecking Ball
Drawing of a Diao Niao, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
Diao Niao (吊裊, can be roughly translated as 'Hanging rope') is a weapon designed to be used in siege defence. It is a large grappling hook hung from a wooden crane, essentially a smaller and mechanically simpler version of the ancient Greek Claw of Archimedes. Instead of pulling enemy warships out of the water like the Claw, Diao Niao is used to turn over battering rams and siege towers.

An alternate version of Diao Niao replaces its grappling hook with a heavy stone ball. This version is used in a similar manner to modern wrecking ball.

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