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Acquired in 1984 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
EAS
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
1250 BC-1050 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Jade blade with a bronze handle in the shape of a dragon, China, Shang dynasty, 1200-1150 BC.
dimensions
Length: 33.4 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
China, room 44
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
1472
label
Halberd with bronze handle Shang dynasty 1250-1050 BC 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 [2007]
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:25:11.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:25:11.000Z
latitude
36.894451
location
China, room 44, case 9
longitude
104.165649
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Jade blade, mounted on a bronze handle
museum_number
FE.21-1984
museum_number_token
fe211984
object_number
O18887
object_type
Blade
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true
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Jade blade mounted on a bronze handle in the shape of a bird head with a long curled snout and upturned tail
place
China
primary_image_id
2006BF5067
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
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.
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rights
3
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site_code
VA
slug
blade-unknown
sys_updated
2014-07-31T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-1050
year_start
-1250