12 mars 2009

An Exceptional Turquoise-Inlaid Bronze and Jade Ge-Halberd Blade, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang Phase, Circa 1300-1100 BC

An Exceptional Turquoise-Inlaid Bronze and Jade Ge-Halberd Blade, Late Shang Dynasty, Anyang Phase, Circa 1300-1100 BC The short grey-green jade blade now almost completely altered to an opaque mottled buff color with beveled edges and a conical hole, the haft finely inlaid on both sides in turquoise tesserae with a taotie mask set beneath a blade-shaped panel enclosing a further taotie, the handle with flat projecting hafting bar, a plain nei with a hole and a butt cast in the shape of a bird with large hooked beak, bifurcated... [Lire la suite]