43 Small Dagger-Axe with Serrated and Grooved Tang
Greenish yellow jade with light brown spots and traces of cinnabar on the surface. Thin, crested blade, beveled along the upper and lower edges. At the tip, the bevels blend into the smoothly sloping surfaces. On each side of the base of the blade runs a band of incised lozenges, filled with small lozenges and triangles. The tang, which widens toward the butt, is decorated with four paired, flat bands, each with an incised line and a tiny notch at the end; the bands are separated by narrow grooves which form indentations along the back of the tang. An approximately cylindrical hole along the center axis adjoins the base of the blade. Late Shang.