Jade blade with a bronze handle in the shape of a dragon, China, Shang dynasty, 1200-1150 BC.
Length: 33.4 cm
China, room 44
Halberd with bronze handle
A jade halberd was not a weapon for combat but a symbol of authority.
Carved nephrite jade and cast bronze
Sir Harry Garner Gift
Museum no. FE.21-1984 
This object is a kind of weapon or dagger-axe called a ge in Chinese. Its blade is of jade mounted on a bronze handle, and in the shape of a bird's head with a long curled beak and upturned tail. The dagger axe was mounted at right angles to a long wooden pole, and was the main weapon of war during the Shang dynasty (1766–1122 BC). The fragile jade blade of this example suggests that its use was restricted to ceremonial purposes. Dagger axes and other objects made of bronze and jade were often buried with the deceased.