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Ge of Zeng Hou Yi

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

Ge was one of the five main kinds of weapons in China. They were usually made of bronze or iron and attached to a long shaft when used.

This Ge was found on the east to the main coffin. It is rather small as a Ge and on it there are six characters carved and inlaid with gold: “Zeng Hou Yi Zhi Qin Ge (the Ge of Marquis Yi)”. Such inscription proves the tomb owener to the Marquis Yi of the Zeng State. This weapon was probably used by the guards of the marquis’ sleeping chamber.

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  • Title: Ge of Zeng Hou Yi
  • 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 length: 14.3cm

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