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Ceremonial Shafted Jade Axe with Fragmentary Blade

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Ceremonial Shafted Jade Axe with Fragmentary Blade, 16th cent. BC - 11th cent. BC
Stirrup
Chinese
,
16th-11th century BC
Shang dynasty, c. 16th-11th century BC
Creation Place: China
Opaque bluish-green nephrite with fine black veins and light brown markings
56.2 x 3.7 x 1 cm (22 1/8 x 1 7/16 x 3/8 in.)
546 g
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
, 1943.50.115
Provenance
[Yamanaka & Co., New York] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (by 1918), bequest; to Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 1943
Bibliography
Alfred Salmony, Carved Jade of Ancient China, Gillick Press (Berkeley, CA, 1938), pl. 7: 5

Martha Davidson, "Chinese Jade: 3000 Years of Chinese Master Craftsmanship", ARTnews Annual (1938), vol. XXXVI, p. 121

Sueji Umehara, ed., Shina kogyoku zuroku (Selected Specimens of Chinese Archaic Jade), Kuwana Bunseido (Kyoto, Japan, 1955 (Shôwa 30)), pl. 38

Na Chih-liang, Yu-ch'i t'ung-shih (General history of Chinese jade), Unidentified Publisher (Hong Kong and Taipei, 1963), pl. 77: 102

Dorothy W. Gillerman, Gridley McKim-Smith and Joan R. Mertens, Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1969), no. 013, pp. 12-13, repr.

Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. no. 195, p. 154

Exhibition History
Re-View: S228-230 Arts of Asia, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/31/2008 - 11/23/2008