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Acquired in 1936 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Ming Wilson, Chinese Jades, No. 10 Rose Kerr (ed), T T Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art and Design, V&A, 1991, photo p. 39.
collection_code
EAS
credit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
date_end
date_start
date_text
ca. 2000 BC-1600 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Blade, shenmu shimao black yazhang, ca. 2000-1600 BC
dimensions
Length: 33.5 cm, Width: 7 cm across flanges, Thickness: 0.6 cm at butt
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
China, room 44
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
17816
label
Blade (yazhang) Stone Age 2000-1600 BC Carved nephrite jade From Shenmu Shimao, north China Museum no. A.62-1936 [2007]
last_checked
2014-08-29T20:29:35.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T20:29:35.000Z
latitude
36.894451
location
China, room 44, case 8
longitude
104.165649
marks
materials
jade
materials_techniques
Nephrite jade, carved
museum_number
A.62-1936
museum_number_token
a621936
object_number
O12691
object_type
Blade
on_display
true
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
The blade is concave on both sides and honed to a fine cutting edge. Black nephrite jade. Ceremonial sword for ritual use.
place
China
primary_image_id
2006BC1449
production_note
from Shenmu Shimao, China
production_type
public_access_description
An ancient Chinese text entitled The Zhouli (Rituals of Zhou) describes a 'zhang' as a ceremonial object to sacrifice to the direction south. But the text gives no description about the shape of the zhang. In the first few decades of the 20th century a fairly large number of jade blades with a curved end were excavated from neolithic sites, the present example being one of them. Chinese archaeologists believe this type of blades is the zhang mentioned in the Zhouli.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
blade-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
carved
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-1600
year_start
-2005