Lot 100A: Rare Museum Quality Chinese Ritual Jade Blade “Ya Zhang”, Pre Shang dynasty, Unique Tao-Tie Motifs

Est: $15,000 - $30,000
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Description: Rare Museum Quality Chinese Ritual Jade Blade “Ya Zhang”, Pre Shang dynasty, Unique Tao-Tie Motifs; Measurements: Length: 11 ½ inches = 29 cm; Width: 3 ¼ inches = 8 cm; Thickness: ¼ inches = 0.6 cm; WT = 12 oz. = 340g; Description: Rare Antiquity Ritual Jade called “Ya Zhang” – an axe blade with teeth, used for string attachment to a wooden stick for performing ritual to Heavenly God in ancient period of Xia and Shang Periods (~ prior to 1122 BC). What makes this antique item unique is the engraving of “Tao-Tie” motifs on both sides of the jade blade with evidence of differential aging and coloring. This Tao-Tie design in modified form is later on appeared commonly in bronze wares of late Shang and Zhou dynasties. "Ya Zhang", even without Tao-Tie engravings were sold at a very high price in international auction houses because of the rarity of YaZhang’s. Provenance: from estate collection in USA Estimate $15,000-$30,000; This one is VERY RARE - Pre SHANG Dynasty. Check history of YaZhang - one of the 4 ritual tools.
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