The present bronze halberd blade was likely from the Wu state during the Spring and Autumn period. This attribution is supported by a similar bronze ge of this type, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, that has an eight-character inscription cast along the center of the yuan on both sides, reading Hanwang Shi Ye zuowei yuanyong (for the use of the King of Han, Shi Ye), published in the Palace Museum, ed., Bronzes in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 1999, pl. 263. According to the Eastern Han dynasty text Shuowen jiezi (Explaining literature and analyzing characters) compiled by the famous scholar Xu Shen (c. 30-124), Han was a location inside the state of Wu. For a detailed discussion on the Palace Museum ge and its inscription, see Max Loehr, Chinese Bronze Age Weapons. The Werner Jannings Collection in the Chinese National Palace Museum, Peking, London, 1956, no. 82, pp 169-174.
A closely related bronze halberd blade of the same form, cast with the same design, is known in the collection of Museo Nazionale D'Arte Orientale in Rome, Italy. Other related bronze ge include one from the David David-Weill Collection, modeled with the feline beast and the bird arranged horizontally instead of perpendicularly as the present lot, published in Umehara Sueji, Shina-Kodo Seikwa / Selected Relics of Ancient Chinese Bronzes from Collections in Europe and America, Part III: Miscellaneous Objects, Vol. II, Osaka, 1933, pl. 100b; another cast with an inscription, exhibited in Chinese Archaic Jades and Bronzes from the Estate of Professor Max Loehr and others, J.J. Lally & Co., New York, 1993, cat. no. 114.