Bronze Wei in the Shape of Spear - Side

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

A Wei was used to attach wheels to the axle on a chariot in the Shang and Zhou Dynasty. 76 Wei were unearthed from the Zeng Hou Yi mausoleum, indicating 38 chariots. Among them there are two pieces in special shape. A spear blade is attached to the functional part of each Wei, so to keep away enemy’s chariot and foot soldiers.

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  • Title: Bronze Wei in the Shape of Spear - Side
  • Location: Unearthed from Leigudun Tomb (No.1 ), Suizhou, Hubei
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Excavation Date: 1978
  • Dynasty: Around 433 B.C. (the East Zhou Dynasty and the early Warring States Period)
  • Dimensions: Average height 41.1 cm; functional part’s length: 12.7 cm; top diameter: 5 cm; bottom diameter: 10 cm.