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Bronze dagger axe head

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Ge or dagger axe head in bronze. Made in China, 3rd phase, Zhou Dynasty.

Measurements:
6 x 3 3/4 in

Provenance:
Anon., Sotheby’s, 15 April 1948, lot 93, purchased by Bluett & Sons for Sir William Burrell, £26; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1948.

Published sources
Sotheby & Co., 15 April 1948, Catalogue of Chinese ceramics and works of art, various properties, lot 93.

Manuscript sources
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 19/411
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1948(1) p.49: ‘A bronze dagger axe (Ko) with short curved and pointed blade, and another short projecting blade on the other side with a single slot, the ridged stem with two slots and a circular aperture above for tying on the haft. Attractive green patination with regular markings perhaps for inlay. Chou Dynasty. 6"’.

What:
8_58, axes, bronzes, dagger axe heads, daggers, ge

Who:
Dealer, Bluett & Sons

Dates:
Sold by Bluett & Sons 1948.

Periods:
EARLY DYNASTIES
Western Zhou, 1027-771 BC

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