Openwork ceremonial dagger-axe ge with dragon and tiger design

Date: Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC)
Provenance: Unearthed in Wangdian village, Yanling county, Xuchang, 1984
Measurements: Length: 20 cm, Width: 12 cm

As a unique bronze weapon in ancient China, and with high lethality, the dagger-axe ge prevailed in the Shang (1600-1046 BC) and Zhou (1046-221 BC) period. At that time, the ge was not only deployed in the battlefield, but also in ceremonial activities, hence, its influence was widely spread throughout ancient rituals.

This openwork dagger-axe is adorned with exquisite dragon and tiger patterns, which were meticulously crafted. It stands as a masterpiece of ritual weapons from the Spring and Autumn Period, and fully exhibits the supremacy and power enjoyed by its owner.