- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Small Jade Dagger-Axe with Grooved and Crenelated Tang
- Other Titles
- Alternate Title: ko
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 12th cent. BCE - 10th cent. BCE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Shang dynasty (c. 1600-c. 1050 BCE) to Western Zhou period (c. 1050-771 BCE)
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Ivory-colored opaque jade, with cinnibar stains on the right face of the blade.
- 16.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 cm (6 1/2 x 2 3/16 x 1/4 in.)
unspecified: 77 g
- Published Text
- Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
- Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
- Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)
Catalogue entry no. 46 by Max Loehr:
46 Small Dagger-Axe with Grooved and Crenelated Tang
Ivory-colored opaque jade, with cinnabar stains on the right face of the blade. This blade shows several unusual features: a symmetrical outline and symmetrical bevels; a straight median ridge; deeply hollow-ground faces; and finally, blunt edges and a blunt point. Near the base of the blade is a slanting, conical bore-hole, drilled from the left side. The tang is transformed into a sharply cut set of five ribs with lateral grooves; the sunken interstices are ground down to form gentle slopes toward the butt, where they end in four deep, angular recesses. Late Shang or Western Chou.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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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. 46, p. 63
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