• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 7762

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    3 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 159

    TWO BLACKISH-GREEN JADE CEREMONIAL BLADES, ZHANG

    LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, CIRCA 2000 BC

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    TWO BLACKISH-GREEN JADE CEREMONIAL BLADES, ZHANG
    LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, CIRCA 2000 BC
    Each thinly carved blade of gently waisted outline tapering from the two slightly projecting flanges (lan) towards the very thin, curved end, the tang drilled with a hole
    The longest 12 in. (30 cm.) long (2)


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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. 172-5, nos. 223-7

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    Provenance

    First (thinner): A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
    The other: Possibly J.T. Tai & Co, New York, 1965.