Measurements: Length 32 cm, width 6.5 cm, thickness 0.4 cm
Period: the mid-Shang dynasty (1600--1046 BCE)
Provenance: Unearthed at Wangjinglou,Xincun township,Xinzheng, 1973
The dagger-axe was exquisitely crafted, showing a whitish green tone. The haft is made of bronze, and embellished with beast masks on the both sides. Made of jade, the slightly bent blade has double edges and a ridge in the central part, and the front part is thin and sharp.
Being a weapon for thrusting, Ge(dagger-axe) was prevalent in Shang and Zhou periods, and waned after Qin and Han dynasties. The stone and jade variants were mostly used for ritual and burial purposes.