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Green Jade Knife
Source: Henan Museum Edit: acf Time: 2021.07.20 09:15:25


Period: Late Shang dynasty(c.13th--11th century BCE)
Provenance: Unearthed from Huhao’s tomb of Anyang, Henan, 1976
Measurements: 13.8 cm in length, 2.7 cm in width, 0.5 cm in thickness

This jade knife features a straight spine, a thick body with russet speckles, double-blade with a curved cutting edge, a sharp point, and a lanyard hole on the end of the handle, it is not only a partly practical article, but also an exquisite artwork.

A total of 755 jade articles in a great variety were unearthed from Huhao’s tomb, which were functionally classified into ritual vessels, instruments, objects for honor guards, ornaments, and a few daily utensils, serving as the precious physical examples for the study on the jade carving craftsmanship, jade-using rules, the occasions for jade articles, and the jade culture during the Shang dynasty.