Ritual Blade


Location: On Display in the Asia Galleries

From: China

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number 30-8-10
Current Location Asia Galleries - On Display
Culture Chinese
Provenience China
Period Shang Dynasty
Date Made Shang Dynasty
Section Asian
Materials Jade

Ritual blade made of blue and gray-green jade, most likely an axe or chisel. It has two perforations, one near the narrow end and one closer to the longer edge. They are bored from different sides-perhaps at different times. A worn groove is visible from the narrow end to the perforation. It is similar to one found at a Longshan site.

Credit Line Purchased from A. W. Bahr, 1930

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