Axe (fu 斧)

Ceremonial axe with evenly rounded cutting edge, tapering slightly toward the blunt and almost straight butt; large biconical hole drilled slightly off-center toward the butt; purplish gray stone with darker purple mottlings. (One corner broken, chipped cutting edge).

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
Medium
Stone with pyrophyllite, hematite, and quartz
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 11.5 × 15.1 × 1.5 cm (4 1/2 × 5 15/16 × 9/16 in) Diam: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region, probably Hangzhou
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2012.9.126
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Stone
Type

Ceremonial object: axe

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), Paul Singer collection
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Ceremonial axe with evenly rounded cutting edge, tapering slightly toward the blunt and almost straight butt; large biconical hole drilled slightly off-center toward the butt; purplish gray stone with darker purple mottlings. (One corner broken, chipped cutting edge).

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