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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.19
Title
Jade Dagger-Axe with Grooved Tang
Other Titles
Alternate Title: ko
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
dagger-axe
Date
16th 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/205191
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Pale bluish green nephrite in an advanced state of calcification
Dimensions
34.2 x 8.6 x 0.6 cm (13 7/16 x 3 3/8 x 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 339 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. 37 by Max Loehr:

37 Dagger-Axe with Grooved Tang
Pale bluish green jade in an advanced state of calcification. The shape is similar to Nos. 34, 35, 36, except for the neatly beveled edges and a barely noticeable median crest. The rear half of the tang is decorated with five paired ridges, which jut out at the butt. There are two conical perforations, a larger one between the shoulders of the blade, and a small one in the middle of the tang; both are 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
1943.50.19
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. 37, p. 58

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