A bronze ibex-headed dagger, ge Shang Dynasty
Lot 2
A bronze ibex-headed dagger, ge Shang Dynasty
Sold for £2,400 (US$ 3,767) inc. premium

Lot Details
A bronze ibex-headed dagger, ge Shang Dynasty A bronze ibex-headed dagger, ge Shang Dynasty A bronze ibex-headed dagger, ge Shang Dynasty
A bronze ibex-headed dagger, ge
Shang Dynasty
The hilt cast in the form of an ibex in profile, with large curved ridged horns and long beard, the eyes and nose inlaid with turquoise and other semi-precious stones, the long curving blade tapering from the projecting guard to the tip, wood stand.
34.5cm (13½in) long. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: excavated at Anyang, by repute
    Purchased from John Sparks Ltd, London on 3 March 1949 for £125
    Wing Commander Lord Cunliffe, collection number A44

    Exhibited and Illustrated: The Oriental Ceramic Society, Exhibition of Early Chinese Bronzes, 7th November - 15 December 1951, Catalogue no.62
    Musée Cernuschi, La Découverte de L'Asia, Paris, 1954, Catalogue no.346

    Illustrated: W. Watson, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, London, 1977, pl.83a.

    Compare a related horse-headed dagger excavated in Hebei Provinc ein 1961, and currently in the Hebei Provincial Archaeological Relic Research Institute, illustrated in Zhongguo qingtong qitu ji, Beijing, 2005, p.248.
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