Axe (fu 斧)

Trapezoidal axe (fu 斧 or yueh [yue] 鉞); beveled blade and conical perforation; one surface mottled reddish browns with silvery film of decomposition; opposite surface cream gray coating with reddish area along blade. (Corners and edges chipped.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 10.3 x 11.7 x 0.8 cm (4 1/16 x 4 5/8 x 5/16 in) Diam (hole): 1.4 cm (9/16 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1918.34
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
Provenance

To 1918
Wang Jiantang, Shanghai to 1918 [1]

From 1918 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Wang Jiantang, in New York, in 1918 [2]

From 1920
The Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1362, pg. 315, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Wang Jiantang (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Trapezoidal axe (fu 斧 or yueh [yue] 鉞); beveled blade and conical perforation; one surface mottled reddish browns with silvery film of decomposition; opposite surface cream gray coating with reddish area along blade. (Corners and edges chipped.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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