• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 37

    A RARE OPAQUE BLACKISH JADE CEREMONIAL BLADE, ZHANG

    LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, CIRCA 2000 BC

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    A RARE OPAQUE BLACKISH JADE CEREMONIAL BLADE, ZHANG
    LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, CIRCA 2000 BC
    The long, thinly carved blade of gently waisted outline tapering from the two projecting flanges (lan) towards the very thin, curved end, the tang drilled with a hole from one side and beveled on one side of the end, with a long cutting mark on one side, the stone smoothly polished and with some surface accretions
    14 7/8 in. (38 cm.) long


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    For a discussion of jade zhang see Yang Boda, "Jade Zhang in the Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing", Orientations, Selected Articles from 1983-2003, pp. 141-8, where a very similar example, attributed to the Shimao culture, c. 2000-1500 BC, in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated, p. 145, fig. 8. Another similar jade zhang, but with incised linear designs at the base of the blade, excavated from the Shimao site, Shenmu, Shaanxi province, is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 14 - Shaanxi, Beijing, 2005, p. 19. Other similar jade zhang include two in the British Museum illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, London, 1995, p. 189, fig. 3, which are dated Neolithic period, northwest China, c. 2000-1000 BC, and the several examples in the Winthrop Collection illustrated by M. Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1975, p. 170, nos. 219-20, and pp. 172-75, nos. 223-27.

    Provenance

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