Axe (fu 斧)
- Ceremonial object
- Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
- Historical period(s)
- Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
- Jade (nephrite)
- H x W x D: 10 × 12.3 × 0.8 cm (3 15/16 × 4 13/16 × 5/16 in) Diam (hole): 2.2 cm (7/8 in)
- China, Lake Tai region
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- Implement; axe head shape, of the type fu 斧 or yueh [yue] 鉞; slightly rounded blade edge, large circular perforation bored from both sides leaving median ridge, semicircular boring with median ridge on upper edge; mottled, translucent, bluish green and russet browns, reverse has profuse earth incrustations. (Corners chipped.)
Acquired with an inscribed box, now lost.
Lee Van Ching (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1917 
From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Lee Van Ching, in New York, in 1917 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1153, pg. 263, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Voucher No. 18, December 1916.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Former owner
- Lee Van Ching 李文卿 (C.L. Freer source) (ca. 1869 - 1931)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum