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Wei Kingdom
魏国
Bronze Crossbow Mechanism
弩机   兵器

This bronze crossbow trigger mechanism is marked with the characters "Zheng Shi San Nian." It was made in the third year of the Zhengshi reign of the Wei Dynasty (242 AD). The crossbow 弩 (nǔ) was widely used by the end of the Han Dynasty as a battle weapon. Evidence of the use of crossbows dates back to the Spring and Autumn Period. There is an excellent picture and description of a crossbow mechanism on the bottom of this page describing the The Richard Nable Collection.











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