Dagger-axe (ge) with dragons (fragment)


Historical period(s)
Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1050-771 BCE
Bronze with iron core, meteoric metal
H x W: 18.3 x 7 cm (7 3/16 x 2 3/4 in)
China, Henan Province, purportedly from Xunxian
purportedly from Xunxian
Credit Line
Purchase -—Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Weapon and Armament


casting, China, dragon, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Tonying and Company

Published References
  • Mr. R.J. Gettens, Roy S. Clarke, Jr., W. Thomas Chase. Two Early Chinese Bronze Weapons with Meteoritic Iron Blades. vol. 4, no. 1, Washington, 1971. p. 14, 59, fig. 7, 28.
  • compiled by the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art. A Descriptive and Illustrative Catalogue of Chinese Bronzes: Acquired During the Administration of John Ellerton Lodge. Oriental Studies Series, no. 3 Washington, 1946. p. 98, pl. 49.
  • Robert Hutchinson, Alex W. R. Bevan, J. M. Hall. Catalogue of Meteorites., incl. appendix. London. p. 253.
  • Hsueh-chin Li. Several Shang, Chou Objects Collected in America and Australia. no. 12. pp. 72-76.
  • Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. p. 339.
  • Hiroshi Shiomi. Higashi Ajia no shoki tekki bunka. Tokyo. fig. 5.
  • Sueji Umehara. Chugoku shutsudo no ichigun no doriki ni tsuite (One Find of Ancient Bronze Tools in China). Kyoto. pl. 2.
  • unknown title. no. 8. p. 43.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
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Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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