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Ceremonial <I>ge<I> dagger


Artist Unknown (China)


12th-11th century 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)
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 17 in. (43.18 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Shang dynasty, 12th-11th century BCE
Physical Description: The tang still retains the shape derived from the animal's head that appeared on early profane knivers in the An-yang area. The original meaning of the profane knife was lost when it became a ritual dagger-axe and the crested bird took place of the animal
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.68
Added to Site: February 28, 2009