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The articulated cuirass in Qin dynasty China

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

M. C. Bishop*
36 Simpson Street, Crookhill, Ryton, Tyne & Wear, NE40 3EP


The discovery of the Qin dynasty terracotta army at Mount Li near Xianyang has provided an interesting insight into the equipment of 3rd-century BC Chinese soldiers, and also opens up a number of issues of interest to students of armour from other regions and periods in the ancient world, particularly concerning the use of evidence.

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