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Chinese Bronzes of the Shang and Zhou Periods
Han Dynasty Bronzes
Early Chinese Ceramics
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Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
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Qing Dynasty Porcelain
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North China; Shang period (c.1600-1050 B.C.E.), 13th - 11th century B.C.E.
H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); W. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Estate of Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller
The spear was not only an indispensable weapon in the arsenal of the Chinese Bronze Age army, but also a symbol of status. Spearheads were finely cast with decorative motifs similar to those found on vessels. On this piece the decoration consists of stylized dragon heads linked into S-shapes cast in low relief against a granulated background. This granulation, as well as the row of circles at the base of the socket identify this piece as coming from the southeastern region around the lower reaches of the Yangzi River.
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