Lot 5047. An archaic bronze dagger-axe, Ge, Late Shang dynasty; 27.2 cm, 10 5/8 in. Estimate 100,000 — 150,000 HKD. Sold for 162,500 HKD (19,227 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.
the blade cast with a subtle median ridge with hafting holes on the hilt and blade, the hilt in the form of a bird's head with the beak forming the curved edge, cast with channels intended for inlay, encrusted with a green patina with some speckles of brown cuprite.
Provenance: Collection of Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), acquired prior to 1977.
Christie's New York, 25th March 2010, lot 1013 (part lot).
Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th April 2016, lot 2816.
Note: A closely related late Shang bronze dagger-axe from the David David-Weill collection was sold in our Paris rooms, 16th December 2015, lot 9.
Sotheby's. EYE/EAST, Hong Kong, 22 May 2020