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PROPERTY FROM THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

AN OPENWORK ARCHAIC BRONZE AXE BLADE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, LATE 6TH - 5TH CENTURY BC
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 USD
JUMP TO LOT
594

PROPERTY FROM THE BERGER COLLECTION EDUCATIONAL TRUST, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE PHILANTHROPY

AN OPENWORK ARCHAIC BRONZE AXE BLADE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, LATE 6TH - 5TH CENTURY BC
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 8,125 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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AN OPENWORK ARCHAIC BRONZE AXE BLADE
EASTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, LATE 6TH - 5TH CENTURY BC
the bell-profile blade issuing from the rectangular tang, cast on both sides with a zigzag band at the base and a raised V-shape extending to the plain band at the blade's edge, the sides flanked by sinewy reticulated dragons, pierced in the tang and in the shaft, the patina of mottled russet and pale and olive greens
Length 5 1/8  in., 13 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Dr. Jörg Trübner, Berlin (d. 1930).
Collection of Edgar Worch, Berlin (1880-1972).
Collection of Adolphe Stoclet, Brussels (1871-1949).
Sotheby's London, 10th June, 1997, lot 109.
Collection of Bernadette and William M. B. Berger, Denver, Colorado, acquired in 1997.

Literature

Otto Kümmel, Jörg Trübner zum Gedächtnis: Ergebnisse seiner letzten chinesischen Reisen, Berlin, 1930, pl. 23.
Sueji Umehara, 'Shina Kodai no Doriki ni tsuite [On Ancient Chinese Bronze Swords],' Tōhō Gakuhō (Kyōto), 1932, vol. II, pl. 6, fig. 1.
Sueji Umehara, Shina-Kodo Seikwa, part III, vol. II, 1933, pl. 99, fig. 2.

Catalogue Note

Axes of this form are rare, and ones with rounded edge and flanking dragons are highly unusual, but two blades of similar form are illustrated in Sueji Umehara's aforementioned article of 1932, pl. 6, figs. 2-3.

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