Rare zoomorphic bronze Axe
Western Zhou, Northwestern China, 1046-771 BC
Height : 19,5 cm
Provenance : Private collection, Brussels
Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°31
This rare type of axe has been documented a er the discovery in 1972 of a tomb in top of a hill in the city of Gansu, in northwestern China. The results of the excavations, including a very similar ear-shaped axe depicting a roaring feline, are now in the Gansu Provincial Museum. is type of elaborated axes and halberds were typically mounted on a wooden staff and used as prestige weapons by the military elite. The style and the origin of the object indicates a clear influence of the nomadic tribes from northern China and southern Mongolia.
Price : on request