Dagger-axe (ge) with dragons

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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1200 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Bronze with turquoise inlay
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 10.5 × 41 × 3.9 cm (4 1/8 × 16 1/8 × 1 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Provenance

    Reportedly excavated in Anyang, Henan province, China [1]
    From 1947 to 1950
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York, from 1947 [2]
    From 1950
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on June 28, 1950 [3]
    [1] According to information provided by C. T. Loo, see A. G. Wenely's curatorial remark, dated 1950, in object file.
    [2] See C. T. Loo's stockcard no. CHL-7/961: "Bronze knife, animal handle, turquoise mosaique An-Yang Shang green patina," C. T. Loo & Frank Caro Archive, Musée Guimet, Paris, copy in object file. According to an annotation on the stockcard, the object was acquired in China. On May 10, 1950, it was taken by Loo to the Freer Gallery for examination.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated June 28, 1950, copy in object file.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 24a: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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