Western Cultural Factors in Weapons and Military Supplies of Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties as Well as Sui and Tang Dynasties
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Qiwang Zhao, and Qianyun Lyu
During the period of Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties as well as Sui and Tang Dynasties, there were many Western cultural factors in the weapons and military supplies of Han region; their origins were complex. It is of certain significance to analyze them systematically and comprehensively. Based on the research of predecessors, this paper discusses the origin of famous weapons from aspects of the Mingguang amour, the Suozi amour (the hauberk), the way of armor wearing, Hulu (the quiver), curved Tao (the sheath) as well as animal head helmets. After analyzing the key problems of the form, the origin and the spreading of various foreign factors, we can find out the general situation of cultural exchanges between China and the west at that time, as well as the historical background of population flow and religious beliefs.
Weapons and military supplies, Elements from western culture, Sogdian, Persia, Greece