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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 283

    AN ALTERED JADE GE-HALBERD BLADE

    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100 BC

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    AN ALTERED JADE GE-HALBERD BLADE
    LATE SHANG/EARLY WESTERN ZHOU DYNASTY, CIRCA 1100 BC
    The blade with subtle median ridge and the edges beveled up to where the point is formed, the bottom edge very slightly curved, with a conical hole drilled through the tang and four notched flanges along the butt edge, the finely polished stone now of mottled buff and olive-buff color
    9 in. (23 cm.) long


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    Compare the jade ge-halberd blade of larger size (31 cm. long) with similarly notched edge to the tang excavated from the Shang dynasty Laoniupo site, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 14 - Shaanxi, Beijing, 2005, p. 30. See, also, the similar example in the Winthrop Collection illustrated by M. Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1975, p. 59, no. 39.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, prior to 1966.