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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.114
Title
Axe-Shaped Jade Tablet
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
axe
Date
c. 3300 - c. 2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture, c. 3300-2200 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204998
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Creamy buff stone with brown markings
Dimensions
H. 15.4 x W. 7.6 x D. 1.1 cm (6 1/16 x 3 x 7/16 in.)
Weight 290 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. 15 by Max Loehr:

15 Axe-shaped Tablet
Sturdy piece of creamy buff stone with brown markings, with evenly polished biconvex body and rounded sides. The obtuse cutting edge was symmetrically ground, while the butt has been left in a semifinished state. The two conical perforations are drilled from opposites sides. Between the lower perforation and the side is a narrow slot of overlapping drill-holes. Shang(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.114
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. 15, p. 46

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