London, South Kensington
13 November 2015
TWO MOTTLED JADE CEREMONIAL BLADES
MING DYNASTY OR EARLIER
One blade is thinly carved with a pointed tip and small pierced aperture, the stone of a dark green tone with some lighter brownish speckled inclusions. The other blade is of axe-head form, pierced with two holes, the stone is of a spinach green tone with blackish mottled inclusions.
The largest, 7 ¾ in. (19.7 cm.) long
The blade, with Michael J.A. Willcox, 4 March 2004.
The axe, with Michael J.A. Willcox, 28 October 2002.
Collection of Francis Golding (1944-2013).
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