Antique Chinese Dagger-Axe Chinese ceremonial Jade Dynasty Zhou (1122 bC - 249 bC) to Han Dynasty (206 bC-220 aD)
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★Very rare piece and partly complex to catalog, what we are concerned. Made in Jade Nephrite gray-greenish color with good translucency and brightness.
After a personal study, we have appreciated that:
Regarding its state of preservation is quite good and retains good polish, brightness and translucency. We must indicate that it has some small damage in the longer dagger, since that end and the base have suffered an alteration by natural calcification losing consistency due to a long burial of hundreds or thousands of years (it still conserves some land), that leads us to conclude, for the material, the design and the calcification that this artifact has been unearthed from a tomb belonging to some important personage of the time.
Its design, in terms of form, consists of an axis decorated with a style pattern of "Taotie" motifs, mainly typical in the Shang (1766-1122 BC) and Zhou (1122 BC - 249 BC) dy with great detail and symmetry made on both sides, at the base of the shaft is decorated with intertwined parchment patterns and oblique, although not very detailed, patterns in Zhou and Han designs. At the bottom of the base, it has of a hole that crosses the piece and where, in my opinion, marks of old tools of perforation are appreciated.
The axis is flanked by two curved daggers, the smallest form 2 half moons at the bottom, this unusual design profile I have been able to appreciate it in an exhibition held at the Macau Museum about Chinese weapons issued during the Pre-Qin periods and Han in the Central Plains of China entitled "History of Steel in East Asia" in the year 2006 (http://www.arscives.com/historysteel/images1/china-display-6.jpg)
★★ Keep in mind that these conclusions are totally personal, so I invite you to take your own, if you need more photos I will be happy to send them.
Material: Neprite Jade, probably variety Nephrite Hetian
Measures: 197x85x9mm - 7.75x3.34x0.35"
Provenance: Former collector England, has only been able to inform me that he acquired it a while ago in an auction along with some other antique chinese artifact.
Condition: Good, except for small chips and wear at one end, calcification in the same area and at the base.
Antiquity: according to my conclusions between 3000 and 2000 years between the Zhou (1122 BC - 249 BC) to Han dynasties (206 BC - 220 AD). You must get yours.
You can check in detail the status in the photos, if you need more photos can be sent. It is a very valuable, exclusive and very rare piece.
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