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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 353

    A BRONZE DAGGER, GE

    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

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    A BRONZE DAGGER, GE
    SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
    The hilt cast as a stylized bird in profile, with clawed foot, upturned tail, hooked beak and crest ending in an animal head, the blade with median ridge extending the entire length, with greenish-grey patina and patches of malachite, cuprite and azurite encrustation
    12 in. (30.4 cm.) long


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    Compare the very similar bronze ge excavated in 1975 from tomb no. 613 in Xiaomin Tun, Anyang, Henan province, illustrated in Zhongguo Qingtongqi Quanji - Shang, vol. 3, no. 3, Beijing, 1997, p. 204, no. 203.

    Provenance

    Acquired in San Francisco in the mid-1960s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON