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Ko (Dagger-Axe)


Artist Unknown (China)


12th-11th century 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 | Bronze
Size: 9 9/16 in. (24.29 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 12th-11th century B.C., Yin or early Chou dynasty
Physical Description: The tang displays a dragon figure, originally inlaid, and a dent in its contour, the origin and meaning of which are obscure. This type of Kuo is quite common, several specimens having come from An-yang. One of the lugs has been broken off this example. P
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.21
Added to Site: February 28, 2009