16 March 2017
A BRONZE GE-HALBERD BLADE
LATE SHANG DYNASTY, 12TH-11TH CENTURY BC
The curved butt is crisply cast on each side with a recessed design of a humanoid face shown in profile below a headdress or upswept hair, and the nei is pierced with a single hafting hole. The tapered blade is heavily encrusted.
15 ¼ in. (38.8 cm.) long
Lester Wolfe Collection, New York, by 1974.
Christie’s New York, 6 June 1985, lot 89.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
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Brooklyn Museum, on loan prior to October 1974.
Compare the ge-halberd blade in the Museum van Aziatische Kunst, Amsterdam, which has a similarly shaped and decorated butt, illustrated by C. Deydier, Les Bronzes Chinois, Paris, 1980, p. 231, no. 99.
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