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    Sale 7621

    A Private English Collection of White Jade Carvings & Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    4 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 118

    A GREYISH-GREEN JADE BLADE, DAO

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, QIJIA CULTURE, CIRCA 2050 -1700 BC

    Price Realised  

    A GREYISH-GREEN JADE BLADE, DAO
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, QIJIA CULTURE, CIRCA 2050 -1700 BC
    The thinly polished blade with a sharp, straight knife edge, gently curved along the top and flaring slightly at the sides, the top and the notched side drilled with four fastening holes, the softly polished stone of mottled greyish-green tone with an area of brown inclusion
    14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm.) long, box


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    This blade has a very thin cutting edge which is worn, indicating that it could have actually been used in a ritual for cutting. A very similar knife is in the Winthrop Collection, illustrated by Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, Harvard University, Massachusetts, 1975, no. 211, p. 165.

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    Provenance

    Baron and Baroness von Oertzen Collection


    Literature

    S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. A35, p. 42