Axe (yue 鉞)

Blade, axe; curved cutting edge; notched projections center of each side; pierced twice; opaque cream. (Calcified, worn to powder, especially on one side–depressed notch chipped.)

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-ca. 1050 BCE
Medium
Jade (serpentine)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.9 x 5.1 x 0.6 cm (2 5/16 x 2 x 1/4 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province, Anyang
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.691
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Blade, axe; curved cutting edge; notched projections center of each side; pierced twice; opaque cream. (Calcified, worn to powder, especially on one side–depressed notch chipped.)

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