London, South Kensington
6 November 2009
TWO BRONZE AXE BLADES, SHANG/ZHOU DYNASTY (1600-256BC)
the first with curved edges tapering to a point from a rectangular socket; the other with L-shaped blade of flattened diamond section issuing from an elongated socket -- the first, 9in. (22.8cm.) high, each with wood stand. (2)
Plesch collection; both formerly in the Luethi collection, acquired from Lemp, Zurich, Switzerland, July 1965 (Bw 23, Bw 28).
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For a similar L-shaped blade, see: Mayuyama Seventy Years, Vol. 2, Tokyo, p. 39, no. 63.
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Please note the first bronze axe blade in this lot has had been damaged on the view.
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