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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.27
Title
Jade Dagger-Axe with Crenelated 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/205137
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Light buff, slightly translucent nephrite with bluish gray spots and black markings
Dimensions
35.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 cm (13 7/8 x 2 15/16 x 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 208 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. 55 by Max Loehr:

55 Dagger-Axe with Crenelated Tang
Light buff, slightly translucent jade with bluish gray spots and black markings. The blade is hollow-ground on either side of the median crest. The faceted edges curve outward where the tip begins, while at the base, the blade flares slightly. The tang is very long; its fore part is decorated with recessed rows of three blunt teeth separated by rounded notches, which are followed by larger, spiky projections. The back part of the tang is narrow and plain. Below the first of the three teeth is a perforation, drilled from the left side. Shang.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.27
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. 55, p. 67

Jenny So, Early Chinese Jades in the Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2019), pp. 122-24, fig. 3

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