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Sacrificial knife


Artist Unknown (China)


12th century BCE

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G214
Sacrificial knife, Artist Unknown (China)
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Metalwork | Bronze
Size: 16 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (41.91 x 8.89 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: Shang dynasty, 12th century BCE
Physical Description: A flange with alternating straight and T-shaped scores of the type commonly found on early ritual vessels decorates the upper idge of this weapon. Along the blade proper, just below the flange, is a band of head-turning dragons with bottle horns on a grou
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.50
Added to Site: February 28, 2009