Stanley Charles Nott, Chinese Jade throughout the Ages, London 1936, pl.VI
Oriental Art in the V&A, p. 11.
Rose Kerr (ed), Chinese Art and Design, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1991, nr.9, photo p. 39.
Ming Wilson, Chinese Jades, 2004, no.15
Pale green-brown dagger with dark green flecks. The central ridge of this ceremonial dagger is very apparent (compare FE21-1984). At the junction with the tang is a band of incised rhombic criss-cross between two lines. The tang is decorated with five pairs of parallel ribs formed by incised grooves. Symmetric dented marks on both bevelled edges below criss-cross.
In ancient times the Chinese people made weapons from bronze and ceremonial objects from jade. This type of blade is called a 'ge'. A jade 'ge' would have been tied to a wooden shaft and held by a chieftain as a symbol of authority.