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Harvesting knife (hu 笏)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 3000-2500 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Stone (schist)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 3.5 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm (1 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Blade. Tannish gray stone cutting blade of uneven shape. The cutting edge, which curves upward on two diagonal planes, is beveled from one side. An irregularity in the flat upper edge of the blade apparently was part of the original, resulting from an imperfection in the material. Two closely placed bi-conical perforations occur along the upper edge of the blade.
  • Provenance

    Acquired by Carl Whiting Bishop in China [1]
    From 1923-1934 to 1974
    Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection [2]
    From 1974
    Freer Gallery of Art permanent collection, transfer to the Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection [3]
    [1] Curatorial Remark 9 in the object record.
    [2] Curatorial Remark 9 in the object record.
    [3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection (Bishop Collection) to the permanent collection in January 1, 1974.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes (November 20, 2010 to January 3, 2016)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 19: Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
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