Harvesting knife (hu 笏) with geometric decoration, fragment

citation

Large, thinly sliced trapezoidal blade. Dark mottled gray green altered at one end to grayish white. Two holes on each end of the top blunt edge are drilled from the same side; the middle hole is drilled from the other side. One short end smooth, the other broken by ragged, uneven notches with weak engraved lines on both sides. (Chipped corners and edges.)

Maker(s)
Artist: Longshan culture 龍山 (ca. 3000 - ca. 1700 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-ca. 1700 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 41.1 × 11.9 × 4 cm (16 3/16 × 4 11/16 × 1 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; a joint gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, Paul Singer, the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, and the Children of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Paul Singer collection
Accession Number
S2012.9.167
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, Paul Singer collection
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Paul Singer 1904-1997

Description

Large, thinly sliced trapezoidal blade. Dark mottled gray green altered at one end to grayish white. Two holes on each end of the top blunt edge are drilled from the same side; the middle hole is drilled from the other side. One short end smooth, the other broken by ragged, uneven notches with weak engraved lines on both sides. (Chipped corners and edges.)

Published References
  • Elizabeth Childs-Johnson. Dragons, Masks, Axes and Blades from Four Newly-documented Jade-producing Cultures of Ancient China. vol. 19, no. 4 Hong Kong, 1988. p. 34, fig. 15.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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