Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment reworked

Historical period(s)
Early Shang dynasty, ca. 1600-ca. 1400 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 7 x 15.8 x 0.2 cm (2 3/4 x 6 1/4 x 1/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province
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
S2012.9.260
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, Paul Singer collection
Provenance

By 1935
Huang Jun (1888 –1944), Beijing, China [1]

As late as 1990 to 1997
Dr. Paul Singer, Summit, NJ [2]

From 1997 to 1999
In the custody of Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997 and loan agreement between the Executors of the Singer Estate and the Gallery in February 1997 [3]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 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 [4]

Notes:

[1] Object published in Zun gu zhai gu yu tu lu / / Huang Jun bian. 尊古齋古玉圖錄 / 黄濬編 (Shanghai: Shanghai gu ji chu ban she, 1990 ), page 66. This book presents a text originally published in 1935.

[2] Included in the draft for the catalogue of the Singer Collection, written between 1970 and 1990, see object file.

The collection of Chinese art and antiquities assembled by Paul Singer over time was purchased by him on behalf of Arthur M. Sacker, Jillian Sackler, The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities and was later transferred to the children of Arthur M. Sackler.

[3] The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art came into the custody of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, upon Paul Singer’s death in January 1997 and a loan agreement between the Executors of the Singer Estate and the Gallery in February 1997.

[4] See “The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art Gift Agreement,” March 1999, Collections Management Office. The object was formally accessioned into the museum collection in 2012.

Previous Owner(s)

Huang Jun 1888-1944
Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997

Published References
  • Huang Jun. "尊古齋古玉圖錄." Zunguzhai gu yu tulu [Illustrated catalogue of ancient jades in the the Zunguzhai collection]. Shanghai. p. 66.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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