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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.51.17
Title
Jade Dagger-Axe in a Bronze Haft
Other Titles
Alternate Title: ko
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
dagger-axe
Date
16th cent. BCE - 11th cent. BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Shang dynasty, c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204616
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Light green and brown nephrite blade; bronze haft inlaid with turquoise
Technique
Inlaid
Dimensions
24.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 cm (9 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 3/16 in.)
unspecified: 273 g
Published Text
Catalogue
Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Authors
Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
Publisher
Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)

Catalogue entry no. 72 by Max Loehr:

72 Jade Dagger-Axe in a Bronze Haft
The blade is comparable to No. 73 in the material and condition, if less so in its shape: the blade is flatter here, having neither a crest nor lateral facets. The bronze tang has a rectangular outline, and the décor, a turquoise inlaid zoomorphic figure, stands out clearly against the surrounding flush surface of the bronze. The rest of the tang is similar to No. 73, although the design of the mask on the butt differs. Shang.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.51.17
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. no. 72, p. 75

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