Lugged pike form, built of four elements as evidently the Chinese had difficulty with forge welding joints. 20 1/2" total length. Elongated diamond section point over separate scroll terminal base lug designed to catch an attacking blade. Large bronze central piece with double swells flanking the iconic faceted "nut" shape and conical socket below. The "nut" and socket decorated with incised concentric circle and triangle motifs. Butted conical seam with characteristic overlapping tab ant the base. Untouched condition with light to medium oxidation texture in brown patina. The bronze with glossy to powdery green surface. Ming, early Qing, the period of China's exposure to exploratory and colonial European intrusion which compromised Chinese culture, ultimately leading to the opium wars.

Stock Number: FNS455

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