The Warring States period in ancient China marked a time of political and social instability. At the same time, however, it was a period of great innovation in the arts, particularly in the casting and finishing of bronze. Capitalizing on the need for weaponry and other martial objects, Warring States artisans devoted great energy to decorating implements of war. It is not surprising, therefore, that much of the art of the period occurs in the form of weaponry. These were not only functional but served as potent symbols of cultural and military power.
S. Chen Collection.
Collection of William N. Wood Prince, North America.