Axe head in bronze. Made in China, 3rd phase, Zhou Dynasty.
7 1/8 x 2 1/2 in
Dr. Fawcett collection; his sale, Sotheby’s, 23 December 1943, lot 7 (2 items), purchased by Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., £15.10.0 (the lot), for Sir William Burrell, £4.10.0 for this item; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1944.
Sotheby & Co., 23 December 1943, Chinese bronzes, works of art and porcelain, etc., comprising property of Ian Menzies, Dr. Fawcett and others, lot 7.
Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., Sale Book 12/123, stock no.31180
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1943 p.73: ‘A rare type of socketed axe halberd, the blade double edged and sharp as if used with central ridge and malachite patches on a brown patinated ground. 7". Shang?’