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.