Ceremonial jade Axe
Liangzhu culture, Neolithic Period, China, 4th to 3rd millenium BC.
Length : 15,2 cm
Provenance : Private collection, Hong Kong.
This stone axe has an almost entirely altered surface to creamy white, with beautiful shades of pink and minimal staining to the edges.
It has been extensively polished and both faces are extremely smooth and soft to the touch. It also has the rare particularity to have been drilled twice. The joins inside the two holes indicates it was pierced from both sides, which is common to the Liangzhu workshops.
These fascinating stones were important objects for ritual use by the ruling elite. A similar double hole axe is in the collection of the Zheijiang Provincial Museum.
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