Ceremonial Ax-Head

Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, 11th century BCE
H x W x D: 18.5 x 18.5 x 7 cm (7 5/16 x 7 5/16 x 2 3/4 in)
China, Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceremonial Object, Metalwork

Ceremonial object: axe

China, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • Sueji Umehara. (Obei shucho) Shina kodo seika [Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and America]. 7 vols., Kyoto and Osaka, 1933-1935. part III, pl. 96.
  • Minao Hayashi. Chugoku In-Shu jidai no buki. Kyoto. .
  • Max Loehr. Chinese Bronze Age Weapons: The Werner Jannings Collection in the Chinese National Palace Museum, Peking. Ann Arbor. fig. 26.
  • Jenny F. So, Emma C. Bunker. Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier. Exh. cat. Seattle, 1995. cat. 17, p. 103.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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