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Iron, wood, and copper
Overall: 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.); Handle: 43.2 cm (17 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1916.739
Songye artists working in various metals produced a variety of ornamental objects, like this one used as an insignia of high office. Each column supporting the blade was decorated with a face, then forged, and twisted individually before being welded in place to create an intricate openwork design. The wooden handle is completely covered in copper, a precious metal reserved for rulers.
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