Eastern Zhou dynasty, Spring and Autumn period (770–476 B.C.)
6th–4th century B.C.
Bronze with metallic inlay
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); W. 2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm)
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Not on view
This handsome spearhead (mao) with a gently raised spine and a gracefully curving blade is noteworthy for its delicate pattern of intersecting double lines and diamond lozenges, created by a metallurgical process that has yet to be completely understood.
[Zhixin Jason Sun, Ancient Chinese Bronzes in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Orientations, March 2015]