A YELLOWISH-CELADON JADE AXE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHEAST CHINA | 新石器時代東北地區 青黃玉斧
Property from the Hei-Chi Collection
A YELLOWISH-CELADON JADE AXE
NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHEAST CHINA
of generous proportions, one side gently tapering to the rounded lower edge, the reverse comparatively flat, one edge with a tool mark, the smoothly polished yellowish-celadon stone with brown inclusions and patches
22.8 cm, 9 in.
In good overall condition with some weathering at the top edge as visible in the catalogue photo. Minor nicks to the lower edge. One narrow side with minor pitting and a vertical line which is possibly a tool mark.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Jiang Tao and Liu Yunhui, Jades from Hei-Chi Collection II, Beijing, 2012, p. 22 bottom.
See two jade axes of comparable form and size excavated from Inner Mongolia, attributed to the Hongshan culture, published in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China, vol. 2: Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Beijing, 2005, pls 42-43; and another in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in Art in Quest of Heaven and Truth Chinese Jades through the Ages, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2011, pl. 4-3-1, together with a line drawing illustrating how this type of axes could have been used by holding the narrower end by hand.