17 September 2008
A RARE OPAQUE TAUPE JADE BLADE, GE
SHANG DYNASTY, CIRCA 1200 BC
The long, slightly curved blade with beveled edges and a subtle median ridge extending the full length on both sides, with a hole drilled from one side piercing the tang which is carved with parallel notches, the grey-green stone altered to an attractive warm taupe color, one side of the tang with a small patch of milky caramel color incised with a two-character inscription
10¾ in. (27.2 cm.) long, box
C.T. Loo & Cie., Paris.
Collection of Mrs. Christian R. Holmes, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 14-15 November 1963, lot 205.
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, late 1960s-1970s.
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1977-1987.
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