18 June 2002
AN ARCHAIC GREEN MOTTLED JADE BLADE
Probably Shang Dynasty (circa 1600-1100 BC)
The long blade of rectangular shape with one side sharpened, the other pierced with three evenly sized and spaced tapering holes, the stone of a pale greenish-grey tone with darker green striations and areas of calcification
20½ in. (52 cm.) long
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Compare the examples from the Fogg Art Museum illustrated by Max Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, Cambridge, 1975, pp. 160-169, figs. 203-218
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Please note that the blade has been broken in two pieces and restuck.
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