By Paul Lacombe, Charles Boutell
A variety of illustrations, many from resources now misplaced, again up an in depth dialogue of world-wide advancements in armor from the earliest instances, and guns from the Stone Age to early firearms and cannon.
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The scabbard terminates in a rich bouterolle, which is always decorated in the same style: figures of lions, or other animals, are introduced, having their bodies stretched out in the direction of the sword-blade, while they project to the right and left, and impart a bold and effective finish to a highly artistic composition. 9 (See Fig. ) The bow, which evidently was in very general use, was Page 13 small. When not actually on the field of battle, the Assyrian archers partly unbent their bows, and slung them over their shoulders, where they remained suspended.
In the examples represented in the wood-cut, Fig. 6, from the triumphal arch at Orange, the shield of elongated form, in addition to its central boss, has a decorative conventional device, the whole being within a border. All this decoration appears to have been executed either in colour on a flat surface, or in low relief. It must here be observed, however, that the Romans in their representations of barbarous (foreign. that is) nations, while distinguishing very decidedly Page 20 between the barbarians and themselves, took but little care to discriminate between the different barbarous races; accordingly, the Gauls on the Orange arch, and the Dacians on the column of Trajan, appear almost in the same costume, and with scarcely any perceptible difference in their armour and weapons.
It was the sword that led to the substitution amongst the Gauls of iron, in the stead of its elder brother-metal, bronze. This was a change that proved to be attended with unfortunate results, since the Gauls never attained. to such a knowledge of the treatment of iron as would have enabled them to Page 18 forge really serviceable weapons from that metal. It was not from any inferiority in courage, accordingly, but in consequence of their very decided deficiency in both skill and experience in the armourer's art, that the Gauls were vanquished in Italy by the Romans, in the early days of Rome.
Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages by Paul Lacombe, Charles Boutell