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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.62
Title
Heavy Jade Dagger-Axe with Grooved Tang
Other Titles
Alternate Title: ko
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
dagger-axe
Date
12th 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/204925
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Strongly calcified, ivory-colored nephrite; traces of cinnabar
Dimensions
30.7 x 7.6 x 1.1 cm (12 1/16 x 3 x 7/16 in.)
unspecified: 442 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. 36 by Max Loehr:

36 Heavy Dagger-Axe with Grooved Tang
This blade is similar to Nos. 33 and 34 in material and shape, and the decoration of the butt is similar to No. 34. The blade is biconvex, not beveled; the tang is perforated twice. The left face of the blade is heavily coated with cinnabar. Shang.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.62
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. 36, p. 58

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