Mao spearhead 玉矛头 - ROM2012_13094_3


Mao spearhead 玉矛头

Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: China
Period: Shang dynasty
9.3 x 3.7 cm, 0.4 cm
Object number: 934.17.232
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThe blue-green jade is of semi-translucent with clouding and white speckling, amber veins and tinges. The thin piece, slightly up-curved at pointed end, is spearhead-shaped with unusual-seen stem end. A gentle longitudinal ridge resembles the midrib of a blade. At the low part, the edges are simply but symmetric notched, that might have been modified by later time, presumably in Han for carving a cicada. But that assumption needs further investigation. A relative large original biconical perforation appears just above the low part. Traces earth and red pigment remains. 玉质青灰色,半透明,有白色纹理、褐色沁斑、泥土。整体呈柳叶形,尖锋,边锋不锐,末端碾琢出对称的扉棱。通体磨光,无纹,有一穿孔。(古方)
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