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Blade

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    circa 1900-30 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade with carved decoration

  • Museum number:

    A.29:1-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Translucent light brownish-grey. A pointed blade sloping from the two edges to a central ridge, which continues along the tang. At the junction of blade and tang is a band of criss-cross incising between incised triple lines, on both sides. The tang is pierced by a single conical hole. In front of the incising on one side is a fifteen (?) character pseudo-archaic inscription. The blade had been broken and glued across in front of the inscription. (This occured in transit from China, see RPs). The tip of the blade broken off after manufacture of fitted box, and is now missing. The fitted wooden box inscribed on the top of Han yu dao, 'Han jade blade', and Dong Wu Liu shi jia zang, 'Family collection of Mr Liu Dongwu'. (Not in Hummel, just in jinshi lists)

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

circa 1900-30 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade with carved decoration

Marks and inscriptions

W.Zhou bronze type inscription beneath criss-cross pattern

Dimensions

Length: 43 cm, Width: 7.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Francis W. Rubant, No 40, Sixth Main Street, Tsinanfu, Shantung, China.

Descriptive line

Blade, jade, China, early 20th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ming Wilson, Chinese Jades, No. 121

Production Note

Fake, in archaic style, but probably late Qing-20th Century.
James Watt opinion 11/6/87: 1920s-19309s piece.

Categories

Ceremonial objects

Collection

East Asia Collection

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