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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.16
Title
Heavy Trapezoidal Jade Knife
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
knife
Date
Longshan or Erlitou culture, c. 2000 BCE - c. 1700 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/205546
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black stone with a dark gray band and faint grayish markings
Dimensions
43.8 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm (17 1/4 x 2 11/16 x 3/8 in.)
unspecified: 562 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. 209 by Max Loehr:

209 Heavy Trapezoidal Knife
Black stone with a dark gray band and faint grayish markings. The back is straight and shows a longitudinal groove left from sawing the raw slab. The lateral edges, which create a strongly tapering profile, are rounded. The slightly concave shape of the cutting edge is unusual; double-beveled, it is ground thinner than the rest of the blade and is set off by a marked step. Western Chou(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.16
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. 209, p. 163

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