Object Title

Carp halberd (liyu dao)

Carp halberd (liyu dao)

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

XXVIL.60

Provenance

Presented by Messrs. Gould and Swayne, 1956.

Physical Description

The uppermost part of the head of this weapon consists of a long leaf shaped blade with shaped and cusped edges near the tip, mounted on a long socket with facetted mouldings. Fitted around the base of this blade above the upper part of the socket shaft is a brass fish-beast with a dragon-like countenance with horns and fangs. A curved axe blade issues from the mouth of this beast. The dragonish head is moulded in some detail; the teeth, mane and neck scales are all engraved, and the eye sockets, horns and mane protrude on either side of the head. There are bronze-coloured plugs inserted through the fangs/incisor teeth. The socket is fitted to a red-stained wooden shaft, which terminates in a brass ferrule.

Materials

Dimensions

Head and socketLength1061 mm
OverallLength2613 mm
OverallWeight5.423 kg
HeadWidth280 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places China/Asia

Bibliographic References

A. Janata, 'Zur Typologie chinesischer Stangenwaffen', Archiv f³r V÷lkerkunde 20, 1966, p. 29, fig. 19d