Axe (fu 斧)

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
  • Geography

    probably Hangzhou, Lake Tai region, China
  • Material

    Stone with pyrophyllite, hematite, and quartz
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 11.5 × 15.1 × 1.5 cm (4 1/2 × 5 15/16 × 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    S2012.9.126
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_S2012.9.126

Object Details

  • Description

    Ceremonial axe with evenly rounded cutting edge, tapering slightly toward the blunt and almost straight butt; large biconical hole drilled slightly off-center toward the butt; purplish gray stone with darker purple mottlings. (One corner broken, chipped cutting edge).
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Origin

    probably Hangzhou, Lake Tai region, China
  • Culture

    Liangzhu culture, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
  • Credit Line

    The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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