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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 338

    TWO LARGE EARLY JADE BLADES, DAO

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2500-2000 BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TWO LARGE EARLY JADE BLADES, DAO
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2500-2000 BC
    The first of trapezoidal outline, the longest edge beveled on one side, with three holes drilled along one edge and a fourth closer to the center, the dark grey-green stone with some opaque greyish-white alteration; the second of similar shape but tapering to one end, the grey-green stone extensively altered to an opaque mottled grey color
    16 and 16 1/8 in. (40.6 and 40.8 cm.) long, two wood boxes (2)


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    The wood box for the tapering dao bears an inscription stating that the piece was excavated in Henan province from the Yu Family castle.

    Provenance

    J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1960s-1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection


    Exhibited

    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1977-1987.