16 March 2017
A SMALL ALTERED JADE SWORD SLIDE
LATE EASTERN ZHOU-HAN DYNASTY, 3RD-1ST CENTURY BC
The convex front extends beyond the rectangular slide on the reverse and is carved in low relief with C-shaped scrolls and finely incised at one end with a taotie mask. The grey-green stone is now almost completely opaque and of warm ivory color.
1 ½ in. (3.8 cm.) long, wood box
The Erwin Harris Collection, Miami, Florida, by 1995.
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Two jade slides of this date and small size are illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, London, 1995, p. 300, fig. 1.
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