Very long ge-halberd blades were made during the Shang dynasty, and their length points to a ceremonial rather than a practical use. Three long blades of a type similar to the present blade, all excavated at Lijiazui, Huangpi, Hubei province, and dated to early Shang dynasty, are illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthd in China - 10 - Hubei, Hunan, Beijing, 2005, p. 41 (61.6 cm.), p. 42 (70 cm.) and p. 44 (94 cm.). Another unusually long blade (63.5 cm.) in the Musée Guimet, Paris, is illustrated in the Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1935-6, no. 315. See, also, a ge-halberd blade of comparable length (57 cm.) to the present example, unearthed in the 1950s at Baijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Henan province, and dated early Shang illustrated by Yeung Kin-Fong, Zhongguo Chutu Guyu (Jade Carving in Chinese Archaeology), vol. 1, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1987, pl. XXXI (5).
Another long ge-halberd blade, dated to the early Western Zhou dynasty, in the Freer Gallery of Art, which once belonged to the late Qing dynasty official and connoisseur Duanfang, is illustrated by T. Lawton and L. Merrill, Freer: A Legacy of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1993, p. 206, fig. 141 (top). It bears an inscription engraved on the butt end "that refers to military activity at the beginning of the Zhou dynasty."