Korean Deungpae Shield

  • Medieval Asia
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Seen in the 12th Century Joseon Dynasty (which ruled Korea until the last years of the 19th Century), The Deungpae Shield was made of wicker wood with bamboo reinforcement slats (for strength). A “double” Guise holder was attached to the interior of the shield to provide excellent device retention (especially with regards to defensive “rolls” - employed with the “kata” fighting technique). Considered a “combination weapon” - it was used in conjunction with the throwing of a Spear and immediate deployment of one's sword. Commonly used with the Nagseon Spear (The Branched Spear), soldiers would provide cover to ones using the more elaborate weapon. The Deungpae Shield was around 3-feet in diameter and weighed less than 2 pounds.