Object Title

Carp halberd (liyu dao)

Carp halberd (liyu dao)



Object Number



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.



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

Inscriptions and Marks



Places China/Asia

Bibliographic References

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