Ge (ceremonial dagger-axe)Artist(s)ChineseArtist NationalityChinese (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1300 BCE - circa 1100 BCEMedium & Supportbronze with shiny green patina and brown encrustationsDimensions
10 in. ( 25.4 cm )Credit LineThe Oliver J. Todd Memorial CollectionSubject matter
ceremonial bronze ge dagger-axe of Middle Shang to early Late Shang Shang period, frequently seen in the tombs of elite warriors. The zoomorphic tang is decorated with stylized bird motif. Its elaborate design suggests that it was probably for ceremonial display rather than combat. The zoomorphic tang is decorated with stylized bird motif. Similar objects is seen in the tomb of royal lady Fu Hao of early Late Shang, excavated in Anyang (Plate LXXII). Institute of Archaeology, CASS 1986. Yinxu Fuhao mu (Tomb of Lady Hao at Yinxu in Anyang). Beijing: Wenwu Press.Primary Object Classification Arms and Armor Primary Object TypedaggerAdditional Object Classification(s)MetalworkCollection AreaAsianRights
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