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Ko (Dagger Axe)


Artist Unknown (China)


1600-1100 B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location Not on view.
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: A Catalogue of the Chinese Bronzes in the Alfred F. Pillsbury Collection: End of a Chapter
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Green jade with brown markings and bronze with green crystal inlay
Size: 10 3/4 x 1 13/16 x 1/8 in. (27.31 x 4.6 x 0.32 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 16th-11th century B.C., Shang dynasty
Physical Description: This weapon displays the assymetrically placed tang and the strongly crested head of a bird that was a ubiquitous motif in the bronze art of Yin time. The bird's head, and the socket fitted with a blade of jade, are inlaid with turquoise. The meaning of t
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.15
Added to Site: February 28, 2009