17 September 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 7,500
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A MOTTLED JADE BLADE
NEOLITHIC PERIOD, QIJIA CULTURE, CIRCA 2050-1700 BC
Of soft pale grey-green color with attractive lighter and darker mottling throughout, the thin blade of tapering rectangular shape with slightly beveled cutting edge, pierced with three holes drilled from one side, the stone now opaque and with soft, satin-like polish
12 in. (30.4 cm.) long, box
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Compare the jade blade attributed to the Qijia culture of similar shape and material excavated in Xiakou, Gulang, Gansu province, illustrated by Gu Fang, The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, vol. 15, Beijing, 2005, no. 39.
Acquired in Hong Kong in the mid-1980s.
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON