17 September 2008
Property from a Private American Collection
TWO LARGE EARLY JADE BLADES, DAO
NEOLITHIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2500-2000 BC
The first of trapezoidal outline, the longest edge beveled on one side, with three holes drilled along one edge and a fourth closer to the center, the dark grey-green stone with some opaque greyish-white alteration; the second of similar shape but tapering to one end, the grey-green stone extensively altered to an opaque mottled grey color
16 and 16 1/8 in. (40.6 and 40.8 cm.) long, two wood boxes (2)
J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1960s-1970s.
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1977-1987.
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