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Ceremonial Blade with Three Perforations (Dao)

Ceremonial Blade with Three Perforations (Dao)

2000-1700 BC

Jade (nephrite)

Overall: 35.2 cm (13 7/8 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Collection 2009.83

Fun Fact

Although it may look made of metal, this blade is actually skillfully worked jade.

Description

This impressive blade combines the beauty of material, precision of geometry, and mastery of technique. The fine polish, silken sheen, and extreme thinness (only 2 mm thick) make it an outstanding example of meticulous workmanship in ancient jade craft. Recent recoveries of similar blades from a pit of a Qijia cultural site located in northwest China reveal that they were originally standing on their edges and were arranged in parallel formations at the ritual ground.

See also
Collection: 
China - Neolithic
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Jade

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