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Ancient Longshan Large Jade Blade
From the Longshan culture of northeast China, 3rd. millennium B.C. a finely carved and finished, particularly large and fine pre-dynastic ceremonial blade. Of very nice form and color, of native nephrite jade of a yellowish green with brownish veining and motteled. A tomb article, a very large blade with two prominent holes bow drilled from one side with the cutting edge tapered from both sides. It is likely carved for high born burial representing a badge of high rank rather than for use as a weapon. This form, when meant as a weapon, would likely be smaller and of a lesser stone, (one here is of a slate type stone) lanced through the holes to a modestly long pole and generally felt used by the mounted cavalry. From the internet: "Remarkably sophisticated jade pieces appear after 2500 BC in the Liangzhu culture of southern Jiangsu and northern Zhejiang provinces (c. 3400-2200 BC), many with an apparent lack of wear and practical usage that suggests a primarily ceremonial function. In the Liangzhu culture and, in Shandong province, the Longshan culture, are ceremonial zhang blades and axes, these forms link the Neolithic jades to those of the subsequent Shang period". ..Fine condition with a fairly sharp edge, great greenish yellow color, all in its natural excavated state with remnants of its burial patina. 15 5/8" longest x 3 5/8" widest & 3/16" thick. Among a number of the late neolithic, pre-dynastic ceremonial jades here, blades, cong and bi and a few sword fittings, that would now be in mostly one museum in China, ..if, back about 25 plus years ago, certain high officials were not allowed 'shopping' among museum collections, held or gathered, and if, such person(s) did not enjoy diplomatic immunity, diplomatic pouches and constant travel between countries. Very fine condition,

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Ancient Longshan Large Jade Blade

Estimate $2,500 - $6,000Sep 08
Cuddebackville, NY, USA