Dagger axe (ge 戈), fragment reworked

citation

Blade, pointed, slightly curved with a low ridge in the center; band of incised lozenges around the center; pierced twice; translucent greenish tan. (Mostly calcified; brown surface deposit.)

Historical period(s)
Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty, ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 7.6 x 23.8 x 0.5 cm (3 x 9 3/8 x 3/16 in)
Geography
China, probably Henan province
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.701
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, dagger-axe, Erlitou period (ca. 2000 - 1600 BCE), nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

C.T. Loo & Company, New York [1]

To 1959
Diedrich Abbes Collection, Greenwich, Connecticut [2]

From 1959 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Diedrich Abbes Collection on July 10, 1959 [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [4]

Notes:

[1] C.T. Loo #81301, according to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

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

[3] 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.

[4] 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
C.T. Loo & Company active 1908-1950
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Description

Blade, pointed, slightly curved with a low ridge in the center; band of incised lozenges around the center; pierced twice; translucent greenish tan. (Mostly calcified; brown surface deposit.)

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 50, p. 94.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum