Dagger-axe (ge) with geometric decoration

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-771 BCE
Bronze with mother of pearl inlay
H x W: 29.3 x 12.2 cm (11 9/16 x 4 13/16 in)
China, Henan province, purportedly from Xun xian
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament

Weapon: dagger-axe (ge)

black and white inlay, casting, China, inlay, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Robert L. Hobson, W. Perceval Yetts. The George Eumorfopoulos Collection of Chinese, Corean, and Persian Pottery and Porcelain. 6 vols., London. vol. 1: pp. 65-66.
  • William Charles White. Tomb Tile Pictures of Ancient China: An Archaeological Study of Pottery Tiles from Tombs of Western Honan, dating about the Third Century B.C. Royal Ontario Museum of archaeology. Museum studies., no. 1 Toronto. pl. 39-41, 66-69.
  • Magdalene von Dewall. New Data on Early Chou Finds; Their Relative Chronology in Historical Perspective: Reprint from a Symposium in Honor of Dr. Li Chi on his 70th Birthday [Ching chu Li Chi hsien sheng chi shih sui lun wen chi]. Taipei. pt. 2, pl. 3c.
  • 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. 48.
  • Edouard Chavannes. Mission archeologique dans la chine septentrionale. Publications de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, vol. XIII, vol. 13 Paris, 1909-1915. figs. 47, 48.
  • Johan Gunnar Andersson. An Early Chinese Culture. vol. 5, no. 1 Peking, October 1923. vol. 5: pp. 45-47.
  • Orvar Karlbeck. Catalogue of the Collection of Chinese and Korean Bronzes at Hallwyl House. Stockholm. pp. 17-20.
  • 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. 28.
  • Hsueh-chin Li. Several Shang, Chou Objects Collected in America and Australia. no. 12. pp. 72-76.
  • A. E. K. Cull, James K. Cull, W. Perceval Yetts. The Cull Chinese Bronzes. London. pp. 95-105.
  • 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. 48.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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