54mm White Metal
Hand Painted in St. Petersburg Russia.
Single figure holding a Jian or Qiang, wearing sandals, embroidered silks and padded armor.
Qiang is the Chinese term for spear. Due to its relative ease of manufacture, the spear in many variations was ubiquitous on the pre-modern Chinese battlefield. It is known as one of the four major weapons, along with the gun (staff), dao (sabre), and the jian (straight sword), called in this group “The King of Weapons”
The recorded military history of China extends from about 2200 BC to the present day. Although traditional Chinese Confucian philosophy favored peaceful political solutions and showed contempt for brute military force, the military was influential in most Chinese states. Chinese pioneered the use of crossbows, advanced metallurgical standardization for arms and armor, early gunpowder weapons, and other advanced weapons, but also adopted nomadic cavalry and Western military technology.China’s armies also benefited from an advanced logistics system as well as a rich strategic tradition, beginning with Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, that deeply influenced military thought.