• Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment, reworked
  • Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment, reworked

Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment, reworked

Ceremonial object: dagger-axe (ge)
Artist: Erlitou culture 二里頭 (ca. 2000-1600 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty; reworked in modern times, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
Object Date
ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
Jade (nephrite)
H x W x D: 14.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 cm (5 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
器物編號: S1987.871
On View Location
Currently not on view
Previous owner(s)
Mrs. Christian R. Holmes (1871-1941)
Tonying and Company 通運公司
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
This highly polished jade ge 戈, or dagger-axe, has a straight blade and symmetrical tip. There are projections on the top and bottom edges of the dagger-axe coinciding with the small circular perforation that interrupts the pronounced median crest, which extends from the tip of the blade to the butt end of the tang. The projection on the top of the blade is notched in the center and at the butt end. The projections on the lower edge of the blade are more elaborate. A curving form extends downward to define a vertical edge, or hu 胡, of the type commonly seen on bronze ge 戈. More intricate is the projection that descends from the butt end of the dagger-axe. A small curvilinear element at the edge of the blade is repeated below. Incised lines reinforce the contours of this projection. The lower curvilinear element is perforated. A larger circle that resembles an incomplete perforation appears on the lower portion of the butt end of the tang. (Largely calcified, with powdery area on handle butt, front; minute nicks in pointed edge; cinnabar and soil adhering.)
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