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A Unique Late Shang or Early Westen Zhou Chinese Inlaid Bronze Ge Halberd Blade

CAD $22,679.98 or Best Offer 24d, 14-Day Returns

Seller: joeperadua (3,645) 100%, Location: Elkton, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 371606724239 This item has been in my personal collection since 2004. It has no provenance as I purchased it from the original modern owner in Canada who had originally brought it over from China. I have half heartedly had it for sale for short periods never really intending on selling it as it is the most impressive ancient item I have ever obtained by far. This is in league with the famous inlaid bronze dagger blades unearthed by Heinrich Schlieman in the 19th century excavation of Mycenae before his more famous excavation at Troy. The opinions this item has garnered have ranged from completely positive to completely negative. I have been buying and selling (and collecting) ancient Chinese bronzes since 1988. The first Warring States Period "ancient " bronze jian short sword I ever purchased was pronounced a modern reproduction by the Royal Ontario Museum (DR. James Tsu curator of the Asian collections). In other words I have been around the block with ancient Chinese bronzes. This piece is Right. As I am getting older I realize I should try and sell this to a serious collector before that option is not in my control. Hopefully someone in China will wish to repatriate this to it's source. That is really where it belongs. Measuring 21.59 cm x 10.16 cm at the base of the cutting edge. The tang measures 6.634 cm. The blade is expertly made being very very thin with a raised midrib and a very narrow raised reinforced blade base (see photos). There is some bronze loss on the bottom (lower edge) cutting edge from 3000 years of internment. The tang shows very minute raised lines made for reinforcing it as you would see in the cross section of a corrugated box. The patina shows signs of genuine mineralization in colors of blue/green which present themselves in a raised third dimension. The openings in the blade and tang are consistent with other examples of ge blades made during this transition period. The highlight of this object are the inlays. The obverse depicts a "Taotie Monster". The old interpretation of this icon was to identify it as the "infinity" or the "Hell" monster where warriors transitioned to after their demise. It is in reality a Shaman's mask. Shamanism has existed in China for 5000+ years and it is a positive aspect of their "tribal" culture. This object was made on the cusp of their stone age when other tribes were still using stone weapons. It is an object of high technology for that age. The "mask" is silver inlay and the central tiny triangle just above the large opening, the central "diamond" midway and "dot" at the top of the inverted "heart" are gold. The design is an iconic stylized mask representation. On the reverse at the blade's base is a silver inlaid attribution in archaic Chinese. I do not read Archaic Chinese and in 1000 B.C. there were probably dozens of dialects for this area. This is an unique treasure. I know if you are a serious collector you have not seen this before as it is unique, the only one in existence. I will stake my reputation on this. I have excluded this from shipment to a list of countries whose postal systems are archaic. If you reside in one of these countries and are a serious client please contact me for special services. Provenance: Ownership History Not Available, Material: Bronze

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