Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment reworked

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
  • Geography

    probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 10.3 x 26.7 x 0.9 cm (4 1/16 x 10 1/2 x 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial weapon: Short, broad blade of mottled gray and gray green nephrite; weapon type; one conical perforation pierced from both sides.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    C.T. Loo & Company (1914-1948)
  • Provenance

    Reportedly excavated in Anyang, Henan province, China [1]
    From at least 1940 to 1941
    C. T. Loo & Company, New York from at least November 12, 1940 [2]
    From 1941
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from C. T. Loo & Company on March 20, 1941 [3]
    [1] According to information provided by C. T. Loo to John E. Lodge, see John E. Lodge's curatorial remark, dated 1941, in object file.
    [2] See "List of objects owned by C. T. Loo, New York […] at the Freer Gallery," with an annotation that the object was left by Loo on November 12, 1940, copy in object file.
    [3] See C. T. Loo's invoice, dated March 20, 1941, where the object is described as "Knife jade (ko) greenish patina with splashes. Anyang Shang," copy in object file.
  • Origin

    probably Henan province, China
  • Culture

    Erlitou culture, ca. 2000-1600 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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