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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.24
Title
Broad, Flat Jade Axe
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
axe
Date
possibly Dawenkou culture, c. 4300 - c. 2500 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/205164
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Variegated creamy buff and light brown nephrite with two broad bluish green bands
Dimensions
L. 16.5 x W. 13.2 x Thickness 0.7 cm (6 1/2 x 5 3/16 x 1/4 in.)
Weight 325 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. 12 by Max Loehr:

12 Broad, Flat Axe
Variegated creamy buff and light brown stone with two broad bluish green bands. The body, which tapers slightly toward the butt, is smoothly polished, save for some flaws along the slanting and crudely fashioned butt. The perfectly straight cutting edge is ground neatly and symmetrically; the bevel forms a sweeping arc. Biconical perforation. Shang(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.24
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. 12, pp. 44-45

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