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Lot 135. A rare bronze dagger, 7th-6th Century BCLength 12⅝ in., 32.2 cm. Lot sold: 11,340 USD (Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD). © Sothebys. 

Provenance: Christie's London, 12th May 1975, lot 7.
Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).
Wou Lien-Pai Museum, 1975-present, coll. no. E.8.2.

Literature: Rose Kerr et al., Chinese Antiquities from the Wou Kiuan Collection. Wou Lien-Pai Museum, Hong Kong, 2011, pl. 16.

Note: Compare a similar bronze dagger from the Therese and Erwin Harris collection illustrated in the catalogue Traders and Raiders on China's Northern Frontier, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C., 1995, cat. no. 43, where it is noted that similar daggers have been excavated in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, and were likely early modern exports of predynastic Qin or the workshops of neighboring states, see ibid., pp. 126-7.

Sotheby's. A Journey Through China's History. The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1, New York, 22 March 2022