A GROUP OF ARCHAIC BRONZE WEAPONS SHANG DYNASTY AND EASTERN ZHOU PERIOD
7,000 - 9,000 USD
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- Longest 23 1/2 in., 59.6 cm
comprising three Shang dynasty halberds (ge); one inscribed with the character long between two hands reading gong, to offer, and on the other the character zi or child, accompanied by a graph of two hands holding a stick, one with crisply cast geometric design on a triangular field and on the tang, one side inscribed with an eye and the other with the character Fu, the third ge has a substantial blade and a bird-shaped tang; an Eastern Zhou spearhead with a long narrow blade bevelled along the outer edges and with a partly obscured inscription on the socket; an Eastern Zhou sword with an integrally cast hilt that is missing its disc at the end, with a four character inscription that may be later (5)
Acquired in the 1970s and 80s and thence by descent.
Jessica Rawson, The Bella and P.P. Chiu Collection of Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1988, nos. 45, 46, 47, 48, and 49.