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Lot 16: AXE

Chinese Jade Art Auction

by Galerie Zacke Vienna

December 3, 2016

Vienna, Vienna, Austria

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Description: Jade. China, Late Neolithic period, c.2500-2000 BC

This axe has a rectangular profile with slightly tapering sides: seen from the side, it has a lens-shaped cross-section. It widens towards the rounded cutting edge, while the butt is straight. The sides are rounded and smooth and the entire axe is finely polished. The hole has been drilled from both sides, creating a small ridge which has not been smoothed down: incised tool marks can also be seen on the wall of the hole. The stone has suffered some alterations and turned opaque whitish in many areas.
The shape and workmanship of this axe recall similar artefacts crafted by the Neolithic cultures which developed in eastern China, from Liangzhu (c.3300-2200 BC) to Longshan (c.2500-1700 BC). A somewhat similar example is published in M. Loehr and L. G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades, Cambridge 1975, n.2 (object numbers 1943.50.111) and it is part of the collections of the Harvard Art Museums.
A closer matching example is a stone axe of the same size published in J.J. Lally & Co., Archaic Chinese Bronzes, Jades and Works of Art, New York 1994, cat. no.14.

玉钺 -新石器時代晚期,公元前2500-2000
长 14.7 厘米;宽 7.6 厘米
LENGTH 14.7 CM - WIDTH 7.6 CM
From the collection of Sohel Chawla, New Delhi - Vienna

Notes: All jades in this catalogue will soon be published in the forthcoming jade book by FILIPPO SALVIATI: "THE MYSTERIOUS STONE - Archaic and Antique Chinese Jades from Neolithic to Han from Private Collections".

Professor Salviati teaches Chinese Art at the University "La Sapienza" in Rome, Faculty of Oriental Studies, and is one of the world's most recognized jade experts, specialized in archaic jades until the Song Dynasty. Hi-resolution pictures of all jades are to be found in our web-site, and can be enlarged so that handwork, age-related traces of weathering, as well as colors are very well recognizable.

本書中的所有玉器都也出版在:"神秘的石头-私人收藏的新石器时代到汉代的玉器"作者:Filippo Salviati
Salviati教授是羅馬大學中國美術專家,世界上最出名的雕玉藝術專家之一。他的專業是商代一直到宋代的古玉。我會網上的古玉都可以方大,看的到最微小的細節,正如手工,年代顏色等。

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