Keywords: Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE)

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315 objects
S1987.453

Disk (bi 璧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.453

The markings on the interior of the central perforation indicate that it was worked from both sides. There are irregularities in the outer edges of the disk. Several chips in the edge, which is rough. Also: Surface cracks and scratches. The inner hole is roughly carved and nicked.

S1987.452

Axe (fu 斧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.452

The rectangular axe blade of mottled jade is slightly splayed toward the blunt, not quite symmetrically curved edge. The butt end of the axe blade is straight. Two conical perforations are placed asymmetrically, off center, at the butt end of the axe blade. (Surface dirt in general; bottom cutting edge nicked in one place.)

S1987.450

Harvesting knife (hu 笏) with geometric decoration, fragment

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.450

Gray green with beige clouds. Irregular rectangle, one end and part of cutting edge broken off. Two holes pierced near back edge and one at mid end. Beautifully notched teeth at the opposite edge with weak engraved lines forming a design on either side. Traces of depressions in center, also outlined by weakly engraved lines.

S1987.449

Harvesting knife (hu 笏)

https://asia.si.edu/object/S1987.449

The object is of commanding size. It is trapezoidal in shape. The lower edge is marked by slightly diminished thickness, but it does not become a true cutting edge. The sides too, which are serrated to form flanges, are thinned out leaving the central area as almost a relief panel. Here the decoration, identical on …

F1919.52

Fitting?

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1919.52

Object in form of oval rod surmounted by thick semicircular knob; mottled tones of reddish brown partially covered with gray and cream areas of incipient disintegration; decoration: carved in low relief, a chevronlike form on each side of the knob; surface smooth and lustrous. Acquired with a box, now lost.

F1918.23

Disk (bi 璧)

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1918.23

Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; biconically bored, leaving slight median ridge; mottled light and dark gray on obverse; reddish-brown and yellow spots on reverse; both sides almost covered with chalky white decomposition; proportions irregular; surface rough from erosion. (Old chips and breaks.) Acquired with a box, now lost.

F1917.386

Bracelet

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1917.386

Bracelet, with slightly flattened sides and rounded outer surface; mottled yellow green, tan, and browns; sprinkled with milky white areas of incipient disintegration, more profuse in inner surface; proportions uneven; some tool marks on rim. Acquired with a box, now lost.

F1917.384

One-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1917.384

Tubular ring with four angles slightly projecting, a variation of the type ts’ung [cong] 琮, possibly a bracelet; translucent, mottled creams, browns, and traces of gray green; light sprinklings of incipient disintegration; decoration: channeled and in low relief; four rectangles with t’ao-t’ieh [taotie] 饕餮 masks carved in two planes and meeting in center of face. …

F1917.348

Disk (bi 璧) with incised glyph and decorated edge

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1917.348

Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; bored from both sides, leaving rough median ridge; darkly mottled green and golden brown; bluish-gray frosting and veins of incipient disintegration; scattered granular pittings; decoration: lightly incised, a device on obverse, birds, arrows and geometric pattern around outer rim. Acquired with a box, now lost.

F1917.50

Disk (bi 璧) with knobs

https://asia.si.edu/object/F1917.50

Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; bored from both sides, leaving slight median ridge; richly mottled olive greens and tan to golden browns with scattered, lighter, translucent strata, small blackish area near rim on one side only; profuse delicate veinings with earth incrustations; decoration: grain pattern in form of semi circular knobs in …