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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 233

    A VERY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID BRONZE GE-HALBERD BLADE

    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200 BC

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    A VERY RARE TURQUOISE-INLAID BRONZE GE-HALBERD BLADE
    SHANG DYNASTY, ANYANG PHASE, CIRCA 1200 BC
    The long, slightly curved bronze blade cast in relief with a median ridge extending from the projecting guard to the tip, the hilt cast in the shape of a dragon's head with down-curved snout outlined in hooked notches, a bifurcated crest, and small horns that project either side of the mane which is also edged in hooked notches, both sides inlaid in turquoise tesserae that detail the features, including the eyes
    13¾ in. (35 cm.) long


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    This rare turquoise-inlaid bronze ge would have been made at the same time as the examples with similar bird's-head hilt, but with a jade rather than a bronze blade, such as lot 230.
    For a similar all bronze example that appears to have lost its inlay, see Max Loehr, Chinese Bronze Age Weapons, The University of Michigan, 1956, pl. XXVII, no. 60. See, also, the similar ge in the collection of Fritz Low-Beer, included in the Exhibition of Chinese Art, Venice, 1954, p. 29, no. 43.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1965.


    Exhibited

    Columbia University, New York, February 1965.