UnknownShang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC

Sanxingdui Museum

Sanxingdui Museum
Guanghan, China

The body of this Zhang blade is shaped like a fish, with a forked-blade pattern engraved on both sides. A small bird is engraved on the top. The combination of fish and bird forms may be related to the legendary Shu king Yufu (whose name literally means fish-bird).


  • Title: Zhang
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Shang Dynasty ca.1600 - 1046 BC
  • Location: Sanxingdui, Guanghan city, Sichuan Province
  • Physical Dimensions: w8.2 x h38.2 x d0.8 cm (incomplete)
  • Provenance: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Type: carving
  • External Link: Sanxingdui Museum
  • Medium: jade

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