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A DARK GREEN TUFF ADZE
A DARK GREEN TUFF ADZE
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A DARK GREEN TUFF ADZE

LIANGZHU CULTURE OR SLIGHTLY LATER, CIRCA 3000-2000 BC

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A DARK GREEN TUFF ADZE
LIANGZHU CULTURE OR SLIGHTLY LATER, CIRCA 3000-2000 BC
The heavy adze is carved with a step to the top, above a sloping cutting edge with a shorter cutteing edge on the reverse. The stone is of a pine-green tone with darker veining.
9 9/16 in. (24.6 cm.) long, box
Provenance
Lantien Shanfang Collection, acquired in Taipei in 1997

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Lot Essay

The adze is made of volcanic tuff of fine texture with a smooth polish, imparting a surface sheen similar to that of jades.

The large adze has a sharp rectangular cross-section with a step to the upper part. It has a long sloping cutting edge to the lower front, with a shorter cutting edge on the reverse, and was made as a specialised wood tool.

The quality of stone and finishing of the current adze are both exemplary. The cutting edges are remarkably sharp and the adze does not appear to have been used or suffered from any damages, it is very likely that it was used as an important ritual implement. The current adze dates to Liangzhu Culture or slightly later.
(Text by Wang Mingda)

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