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Colored Glaze Spear
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A spear was used as the weapon of war to kill enemies in ancient China. It consisted of two parts, a head and a shaft. Spears were widely used and they were made of different materials, such as wood before the Paleolithic Age; stone or animal bones in the Neolithic Age; bronze in the Slave Society and iron in the Warring States Period. This is the only glass spear discovered among the cultural relics of the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 25 A.D.) across China. What’s more, in ancient China glass was once regarded as a national treasure full of mystery. It was the symbol of craftsmanship and a unique cultural phenomenon in the ancient royal courts of China, hence this glass spear has great significance. It also enables archeologists and historians to study the manufacture of glass in the Western Han Dynasty as well as the history of glass in China.

History of the Object
Unearthed from No. M45, Shahuqiao, Changsha City, Hunan Province in 1956 and later collected by Hunan Provincial Museum

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Coloured glaze 
Measurements
Length: 18.8cm; Width of the blade: 2.2cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Hunan Province,China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 3rd century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
BCE; 3rd Century BCE - 1st Century; Western Han Dynasty; 206 BCE – 25 AD 
Function
Used as a weapon in war. 
Acquisition
Unearthed from No. M45, Shahuqiao, Changsha City, Hunan Province in 1956 and later collected by Hunan Provincial Museum 
Copyright
Hunan Provincial Museum Copyright 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum 
Credit line
http://www.hnmuseum.com/hnmuseum/eng 

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