Private collection: A Chinese ceremonial jade axe head
Private collection: A Chinese ceremonial jade axe head. Late Neolithic, Longshan culture style. The thinly cut slice of jade with tapered sides and a pierced suspension hole near the top is incised with a band of decoration and depicts a Archaistic Taotie mask beneath enclosed between incised parallel lines above and below, the stone of a pale green tone. Although several variations of these blades have been discovered, the function is as yet unknown but are thought to perhaps represent some kind of emblem or marker to denote a level of rank or status. 7.9 in (20 cm) length. Provenance: Formerly in the Alexander Taylor collection.
Auction Date: June 2015