About this artwork
The power of the Shang kings depended on their control of bronze production for warfare. The dagger-axe, hafted onto a wood shaft, was the premier weapon of combat. Finely cast examples excavated from tombs suggest that such objects also had strong ritual significance. The rounded butt of this specimen contains a bird in raised lines, which may originally have been inlaid with turquoise.
Currently Off View
- Asian Art
- Dagger-Axe (ge)
- 1600 BC–1046 BC
- 26.4 × 7.4 × 0.8 cm (10 3/8 × 2 15/16 × 5/16 in.)
- Samuel M. Nickerson Endowment