Haft shoe for "Ge" (dagger-axe) - ROM2005_3911_3


Haft shoe for "Ge" (dagger-axe)

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Central China
Date: 7th-6th century BC
Period: Eastern Zhou period
8.7 x 2.9 cm
Object number: 2000.106.1560.2
Credit Line: Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionBronze weapons are often found in the tombs of the elite of China's Bronze Age society. The dagger axe (ge), a bladed weapon unique to China, was one of the earliest bronze weapons and underwent many design changes throughout the Bronze Age. Short swords and daggers begin to appear in burials during the Western Zhou period. The crossbow was probably invented in southern China during the 4th century BC. It was a major contribution to military technology. Because bows are made from perishable material, only arrowheads and crossbow mechanisms have survived. Leather body armour and shields also perished, although bronze helmets of the Late Shang dynasty survived. Iron helmets and plate armour were introduced in the latter part of the Eastern Zhou, a period of intense warfare
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