Throckmorton Fine Art
Timed Auction

Liangzhu: Ritual Objects at the Dawn of China’s Jade Age

Thu, May 19, 2022 12:00AM EDT - Fri, Jun 3, 2022 05:00PM EDT
Lot 10

Axe (Yue), Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture (3200 - 2300 BCE)

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, H: 6 3/8 in. W: 6 3/16 in. Th: 1/4 in.


The pictured axe blade is a classic example of late Liangzhu craftsmanship. These ceremonial objects would be attached to a wooden handle by its biconically drilled hole at the top/center of the blade. The thickness of this blade remains even from left to right as it tapers down to its fine beveled edge. Its overall shape is slightly irregular in that it does not achieve the symmetrical trapezoidal shape typical of other works from this period. However, its coloring is just as atypical with a veiny white discoloration that permeates throughout the nephrite blade resembling an electrical storm. This work is in excellent condition considering its age and has no chips or scratches. This object has a custom made steel display base.