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Ceremonial <I>ge<I> dagger


Artist Unknown (China)


1600-1046 BCE

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G214
Ceremonial &lt;I>ge&lt;I> dagger, Artist Unknown (China)
: The Alfred F. Pillsbury Bequest
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Grey-green jade with white striations and bronze with green crystal inlay
Size: 9 1/4 x 3 x 3/16 in. (23.5 x 7.62 x 0.48 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Shang dynasty, 16th-11th century BCE
Physical Description: The tang is formed of the crested bird's head inlaid with turquoise. The socket, into which a jade blade has been fitted, is also inlaid with turquoise. A circular depression in the middle section of the tang suggests that it may also have once had inlay.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.123
Added to Site: February 28, 2009