Dagger axe (ge 戈), fragment reworked

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This jade blade ge is beveled along the upper and lower edges; the bevels end in a delicately ground, outward curving edge. The tip of the blade is not beveled but has sloping faces. A prominent median crest runs from the tip of the blade to the large conical perforation, drilled from one side. The flattened tang is decorated with five pairs of serrations that project from the butt. (Mostly calcified; chips to powder on two notches; minor tiny nicks.)

Historical period(s)
Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.7 x 30.9 x 0.8 cm (3 x 12 3/16 x 5/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.699
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
Anyang period (ca. 1300 - ca. 1050 BCE), China, dagger-axe, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1959
Diedrich Abbes Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut [1]

From 1959 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Diedrich Abbes Collection on July 10, 1959 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[2] See note on Arthur M. Sackler, M.D. letterhead acknowledging the "purchase and receipt of 17 pieces of stone carvings of the Shang, Yin-Chou and Chou periods from the Dietrich-Abbes collection. The price in full, exclusive of commission, will be paid as indicated by this note in two installments," copy provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation on July 9, 2009 in object file.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Diedrich Abbes 1866 - 1959
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

This jade blade ge is beveled along the upper and lower edges; the bevels end in a delicately ground, outward curving edge. The tip of the blade is not beveled but has sloping faces. A prominent median crest runs from the tip of the blade to the large conical perforation, drilled from one side. The flattened tang is decorated with five pairs of serrations that project from the butt. (Mostly calcified; chips to powder on two notches; minor tiny nicks.)

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum