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Pre-Qin Period Collections

Silkworm-Pattern Bronze Dagger-axe

Silkworm Pattern Bronze Dagger-axe

The Warring States

Unearthed at Jiaotong Lane of Chengdu

25.2 cm long, 6.3 cm wide

The both sides of the upper blade are decorated with beast-face patterns. The two sides of the butt end have silkworm patterns on them, an indicator that Shu people planted mulberries, domesticated wild silkworms and produced silk as far back as the pre-Qin period.