Neolithic - Blade

An Archaic Jade Blade (Ben)

Neolithic period, circa 3000 - 2000 B.C.


Length 14 cm

The blade tapering to the softly rounded cutting edge, with one hafting hole drilled from one side, the now-opaque stone finely polished.




Compare the similar opaque creamy caramel-toned jade blade, Christie’s Sale 11420, on 19 March 2015, The Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Part III - Chinese Works of Art: Qing Ceramics, Glass and Jade Carvings, New York, Lot 550.

Compare also the similar jade blade, attributed Longshan culture or Dawenko culture, The British Museum, London, (registration number 1937,0416.17).


Further images




'Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing'

London, 1995.

Section 10, Ceremonial blades