An archaic bronze and jade spearhead, Shang dynasty | 商 青銅骹玉矛
An archaic bronze and jade spearhead
the hollow conical bronze fitting narrowing to a terminus in the form of a snake head, the eyes framed by spiral details, the body indicated by scaly sinuous lengths, leiwen filling the negative space, the mouth of the snake securing a green and gray jade blade with beveled sides and a pointed tip, the bronze with malachite, azurite, and cuprite encrustations, metal stand (2)
Length 6⅞ in., 17.5 cm
In overall good condition with some expected wear, consistent with age and type.
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Collection of Rena G. Segal.
Christie's New York, 21st September 1995, lot 573.
Rena G. Segal 收藏
Minao Hayashi, Inshu-jidai seidoki-monyo no kenkyu / Studies on Yin and Zhou Bronze Decoration: A Conspectus of Yin and Zhou Bronze Vessels, vol. II, Tokyo, 1986, p. 112, fig. 3-179.