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Chinese bronze axe decorated with tigers and dragons

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An image of Axe head. The blade, socket, and socket cap all one piece of metal. The blade is flanked by two tigers. On the blade is a coiled dragon, a conventionalised dragon's head, and a t'ao t'ieh mask in the piece of blade at the back. On the cap is an elephant's head with horse's legs and a tiger's head at the back. Bronze, height 11.1 cm, length 14.6 cm, circa 500-249 B.C. Chou dynasty (1122-249 BC). Chinese Warring States period.

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Axe head. The blade, socket, and socket cap all one piece of metal. The blade is flanked by two tigers. On the blade is a coiled dragon, a conventionalised dragon's head, and a t'ao t'ieh mask in the piece of blade at the back. On the cap is an elephant's head with horse's legs and a tiger's head at the back. Bronze, height 11.1 cm, length 14.6 cm, circa 500-249 B.C. Chou dynasty (1122-249 BC). Chinese Warring States period.

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  • Accession Number: O.192-1946
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/19.0
  • Focal length: 80
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3D II-31
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 805 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 556.60kB
  • Exposure time: 1/8
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 19/1
  • Captured: 2009:05:19 00:17:21

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animals axe axe head axe-head BC bronze Chinese Chou Dynasty dragons elephants Fitz_AA mask metalwork t'ao t'ieh taotie mask tigers weapon Zhou Dynasty

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