A GREYISH-GREEN JADE GE DAGGER
EARLY JADES
A GREYISH-GREEN JADE GE DAGGER

SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC

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A GREYISH-GREEN JADE GE DAGGER
SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
With a median ridge extending from the top of the blade to the tip, the plain area above pierced from one side with a hole, and the tang well carved with five rows of flat double parallel ribs extending vertically from a horizontal ribbed band to the notched edge, much of the greyish-green stone now altered to an opaque warm buff color
10 in. (25. 4cm.) long
Provenance
Acquired in October 1974.

Lot Essay

Jade ge of this type are modelled on bronze examples that are seen as early as the Erlitou period. See the drawing of a bronze ge from Henan Yanshi Erlitou, c. 1900-1600 BC, illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 192, fig. 2. In the drawing one can see that the butt has a band of parallel raised lines below four projecting parallel sections edged with ridges. These features were than translated into the carved decoration of some jade ge, such as one in the British Museum, illustrated ibid., p. 193, fig. 3, and the present example. Another similar jade ge of similar length which, like the present ge, has the lozenge band immediately below the ribbed butt end, in the collection of D. David-Weill, Paris, is illustrated by A. Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Berkeley, California, 1938, pl. V (2).

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