25 March 2010
FOUR JADE AND BRONZE GE-HALBERD BLADES
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
Two jade blades with median ridge and beveled edge tapering to a point, the heavily encrusted tangs with a single hole; one broad blade with median ridge and beveled rounded cutting edge, the bronze tang with single hole below a decorative panel on both sides cast for insertion of turquiose inlay; the smallest with spatulate jade blade and bronze tang with single hole and panels on both sides cast for insertion of inlay
6 3/8 to 8 in. (16.2 to 20.3 cm.) long, one box (4)
Three: Chang Nai-chi Collection (J-1095, J-1096, J-1097).
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1963.
One: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963 (J-52).
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Three: Archaic Chinese Jades, The University Museum, Philadelphia, February 1940, pl. III, nos. 45, 47 and 48. (J-1095, J-1097, J-1096, respectively).
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