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Early Zhou Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe

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Early Zhou Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe

This is a copper alloy dagger axe, or ge, dating to the Zhou Dynasty of ancient China. This weapon type is unique to the cultures of ancient China. It was designed to be used as both a dagger or a pole-mounted axe. The characteristics of this particular piece suggest it dates to the Western Zhou (770-475 BC). One feature that makes this piece somewhat rare and intriguing is the number of perforations in the body. (These perforations were used to lash the weapon to the pole.) There are three rectangular perforations two of which are oriented parallel to the center axis and one which is perpendicular at the top. There is a fourth, circular perforation that is very uncommon on these type weapons. There is slight damage to the triangular tip. There is no sign of any other damage or repair. Authentic antiquities such as this are growing extremely scarce on the private market. Don't miss your chance to augment your collection with this fine specimen. It weighs 227 grams. It measures 19.2 cm on its long axis and 10.9 cm in height. The nei (or butt) tapers from 3.5 cm to 3.2 cm in height and is 7.0 cm long.

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