Original Victorian Era Chinese Ming Dynasty Melon Shaped Chuí Mace

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Original Item: Only One Available. The Ming dynasty, officially the Great Ming, was an imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1368 to 1644 following the collapse of the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty. The Ming dynasty was the last orthodox dynasty of China ruled by the Han people, the majority population in China. Although the primary capital of Beijing fell in 1644 to a rebellion led by Li Zicheng (who established the short-lived Shun dynasty), numerous rump regimes ruled by remnants of the Ming imperial family—collectively called the Southern Ming—survived until 1662.

Chuí is a Chinese melee weapon that consists of a large, solid metal sphere on the end of a medium-long handle.

This weapon was traditionally used with brute force, as the strength needed to heft such weapons was considerable. As a result, this weapon is not often practiced by kung fu enthusiasts, and newly made replicas may be hollow. However, routines for this weapon still exist in some styles. Chuí are almost always used in pairs.

One variation of chuí is liuxingchui, which is a smaller pair of chuí linked together by a long rope, used as a missile weapon that can be retrieved.

During the Victorian Era, artists were tasked with recreating ancient weapons and armor for decor purposes. Most items were crafted so well that even museum curators could not tell the difference between the originals and these newer made items, and in turn would purchase them to display in their exhibits. This example was constructed during the Victorian era.

This example is hollow and significantly lighter than the original Ming Dynasty maces. The construction is incredible and has the outward appearance of being original, which was the intention. The total length is approximately 22” and about 5 Pounds.

This would make for an incredible display piece!
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