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    Sale 1976

    Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 478

    A LARGE GREYISH-GREEN JADE BLADE, GE

    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE GREYISH-GREEN JADE BLADE, GE
    SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
    With a median ridge extending the length of the blade, the plain area above pierced from one side with a hole, and the tang well carved with five rows of flat double parallel ribs extending from a ribbed band to the notched edge, the stone of attractive greyish-green tone with some sparse darker markings, the stone on one side altered to an opaque warm buff color, with traces of cinnabar on the tang
    13 3/8 in. (33.8 cm.) long, wood box


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    Jade ge of this type are based on bronze examples that are seen as early as the Erlitou period. See the drawing of a bronze ge from Henan Yanshi Erlitou, c. 1900-1600 BC, illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 192, fig. 2. In the drawing one can see that the butt has a band of parallel raised lines below four projecting parallel sections edged with ridges. These features were then translated into the carved decoration of some jade ge, such as one in the British Museum, illustrated ibid., p. 193, fig. 3, and the present example.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr.
    Ching Wah Lee, San Francisco, 1965.