"Ge" dagger-axe 玉戈 - ROM2005_3582_1


"Ge" dagger-axe 玉戈

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from Anyang, Henan province, China
Date: 13th-1st half of 11th century BC
Period: Shang Dynasty
32.6 x 7.1 x 0.6 cm
Object number: 934.17.119
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThis ge, a fine example of Shang ritual object, is fashioned from mottled buff-coloured jade with gold and brown staining and traces of calcification. The jade was polished to a fine low lustre, but now shows incrustations of earth, red pigment, and other matter. The long, slender, down-curving blade has a midrib and bevelled edges on both faces. The midrib continues through the rectangular tang (which flares slightly towards the butt end), though the tang edges were bevelled separately. The blade-tang juncture is marked by symmetrical in-cutting. To either side of the blade base are four "teeth," the middle two on each side divided by brief incised lines. There is a neat cylindrical perforation near the base of the tang on the midrib. The straight butt of the tang was bevelled to a ridge. 玉质灰褐色,有褐色沁纹。扁平长条形援,三角形锋,有中脊和边刃,一刃略有弧度,前锋尖锐,援后部上下阑琢成三个锯齿,内呈长方形,援内相交处有一孔。援有断裂痕。通体磨光。(古方)
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