Dagger-axe (ge) with mask

Blade of the type ko [chn] decorated with casting in relief. Patinated with malachite and cuprite.

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Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-771 BCE
H x W: 21.9 x 9.9 cm (8 5/8 x 3 7/8 in)
China, Henan province, purportedly from Xun xian
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament

Weapon: dagger-axe (ge)

China, mask, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
Provenance research underway.

Blade of the type ko [chn] decorated with casting in relief. Patinated with malachite and cuprite.

Published References
  • Hai-Po Sun. Hsun hsien i chi (Xun xian yi ji). Henan tong zhi wen wu zhi ji jin pian shang. fig. 24a-b.
  • Robert L. Hobson, W. Perceval Yetts. The George Eumorfopoulos Collection of Chinese, Corean, and Persian Pottery and Porcelain. 6 vols., London. cat. A150, vol. I.
  • Ch'en Jen-t'ao. Chin Kuei lun ku ch'u chi [Essays on Chinese Antiquities in the Chin Kuei Collection with Explanations]. Hong Kong. vol. 1: p. 47.
  • Rutherford John Gettens, Roy S. Clarke, Jr., W. Thomas Chase. Two Early Chinese Bronze Weapons with Meteoritic Iron Blades. vol. 4, no. 1 Washington, 1971. p. 59, fig. 29.
  • Hsueh-chin Li. Several Shang, Chou Objects Collected in America and Australia. no. 12. pp. 72-76.
  • Compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. p. 95, pl. 49.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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