Matching Pair Of Bronze Zhun Eastern Zhou Period - For Sale
Matching Pair Of Bronze Zhun Eastern Zhou Period
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This pair of Zhun is nearly identical in form and size to ones found in Houma, Shanxi province in north China. It is most likely from the late Spring & Autumn period (770-476 BC) in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty which is also sometimes referred to as Zhou III. Both visual and microscopic inspection reveals a dark base metal covered in parts with a patina consisting primarily of cuprite and malachite. The patina is consistent with the period and environment in the region where similar items have been found and recorded. The decoration is a stylized beast (tao tie) common to that culture and region. Zhun were affixed to the lower end of a Ji staff, which was a wooden or bamboo pole of varying lengths that had attached near the opposite end, one or more bronze Ge (dagger-axe). The Ge was a halberd-like weapon unique to the ancient Chinese. The staff likely would have been topped by a Mao (spear). These particular Zhun specimens are particularly small compared to most others, which generally measure at least 10 cm in overall length. This leads us to assume that they may have been more ceremonial accoutrements rather than used on actual combat weaponry. The socket of each Zhun is consistent with most other types from the period. Note that there is a distinct tear-drop shape to the socket which corresponds to the shape of the staff. The unique shape allowed the soldier to properly orient the weapon toward a given target by feel; a feat which would have been nearly impossible with a round staff. The narrow end of the Zhun would point in the same direction as the blade of the Ge. Additional photos/information available on request.