Axe (fu 斧)

Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000 BCE
Calcite (marble)
H x W x D: 27.6 x 5.7 x 2.4 cm (10 7/8 x 2 1/4 x 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceremonial Object, Jade

Ceremonial object: axe

calcite, China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable

The cultural context and date of undecorated jades like these, which come from Neolithic workshops in different parts of China, are often determined from their shapes, materials, and basic manufacturing techniques, such as cutting, drilling, and polishing.  Large ceremonial axes, sliced precariously thin and polished to a high gloss, are typical products of the Longshan culture of eastern China;  the enigmatic, asymmetrical tube is characteristic of the finds from the Hongshan culture in the north and northeast.

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