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Butt Cap for Spear Haft


Artist Unknown (China)


4th-3rd century BCE

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G214
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze inlaid with gold
Size: 5 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (13.34 x 3.81 x 3.81 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Huai Style period, 4th-3rd century BCE
Physical Description: The head of a bird projects from the socket of this cap, which has a design of highly stylized birds inlaid with thin bands of gold and gold wire. The cap would have been used on such a weapon as that in Karlgren, Plate 101 (50.46.40). Patina grayed light
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.47
Added to Site: February 28, 2009