Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment reworked

Blade, pointed and double-edged, slightly curved; slight ridges in center; pierced; notches in one side; semi-translucent marbled bluish/tan. (Some calcification; interior cracks–brown; pit in one side; minor nicks.)

Maker(s)
Artist: Erlitou culture 二里頭 (ca. 2000-1600 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.2 x 29.7 x 0.9 cm (2 13/16 x 11 11/16 x 3/8 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.702
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object: dagger-axe (ge)

Keywords
China, Erligang period (ca. 1500 - ca. 1300 BCE), nephrite, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Blade, pointed and double-edged, slightly curved; slight ridges in center; pierced; notches in one side; semi-translucent marbled bluish/tan. (Some calcification; interior cracks–brown; pit in one side; minor nicks.)

Published References
  • J. Keith Wilson, Jingmin Zhang. Jades for Life and Death. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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