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Long Reign of the Wanli 萬曆 Emperor 1. Auspices

Long Reign of the Wanli 萬曆 Emperor 1. Auspices

Mandarin official geared for northern campaign. Those who served on the northern fringes of the empire wore these rather anachronistic looking bear hats.  http://dragonsarmory.blogspot.com/

Mandarin official geared for northern campaign. Those who served on the northern fringes of the empire wore these rather anachronistic looking bear hats.

Executors of the Law, these are the aides of the constables, usually hired to protect the judges and deliver punishment to the offenders. They carry a great baton used to...chastise the offender's backsides. It's no joke, if you found yourself the end of it.  http://dragonsarmory.blogspot.com/

Executors of the Law, these are the aides of the constables, usually hired to protect the judges and deliver punishment to the offenders. They carry a great baton used to...chastise the offender's backsides. It's no joke, if you found yourself the end of it. http://dragonsarmory.blogspot.com/

錦衣衛冠服 之 罩甲 (500×707)

Constables, usually junior officers, constables, and local guards are dressed in this manner. Brigandine surcoat, kerchief and saber.

Early Ming general or guard, in classic bronze gilded mountain scale surcoat, armed with a pole ax and bow. Note the fluted wing decor of his helmet reminiscent of classic Tang/ Song helmets.  http://dragonsarmory.blogspot.com/

Early Ming general or guard, in classic mountain scale surcoat, armed with a pole ax and bow. Note the fluted wing decor of his helmet reminiscent of classic Tang/ Song helmets.

Late Ming heavy cavalry troop. Steel Lamellar surcoat and segmented arm guards. Armed with glaive and bows.  http://dragonsarmory.blogspot.com/

Steel Lamellar surcoat and segmented arm guards. Armed with glaive and bows.

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