18 March 2009
A BLACKISH-GREEN JADE CEREMONIAL BLADE, ZHANG
NORTHWEST CHINA, QIJIA CULTURE, CIRCA 1500 BC
The thickly cut blade of gently waisted outline tapering from the two projecting flanges (lan) towards the curved end, the tang with a hole drilled from one side and the end somewhat rounded, the opaque stone smoothly polished and with some surface accretions
11¾ in. (30 cm.) long, wood box
A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.
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The Arts of Ancient China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1973-78.
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.
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