Lot 811. A bronze knife with rattle, 13th-11th Century BC. Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2017.
The tapering blade has a raised median rib on each side that extends from the center of the ribbed hilt which is set at one end with a small attachment loop below the eight-strap, openwork rattle pommel. 11 3/8 in. (29 cm.) long
Provenance: Private collection, Paris; Hôtel Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, 18 October 1996.
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida.
Note: Compare the similar knife of slightly smaller size (26.2 cm.) in the Shanghai Museum illustrated by Ma Chengyuan, Ancient Chinese Bronzes, Oxford University Press, 1986, p. 80, pl. 141.
Christie's. The Harris Collection: Important Early Chinese Art, 16 March 2017, New York, Rockefeller Center