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see also: 8636 see also: 9264

Harvesting knife (hu 笏)

Ceremonial object
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-2500 BCE
Stone (schist)
H x W x D: 3.5 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm (1 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Blade. Tannish gray stone cutting blade of uneven shape. The cutting edge, which curves upward on two diagonal planes, is beveled from one side. An irregularity in the flat upper edge of the blade apparently was part of the original, resulting from an imperfection in the material. Two closely placed bi-conical perforations occur along the upper edge of the blade.

Acquired by Carl Whiting Bishop in China [1]

From 1923-1934 to 1974
Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection [2]

From 1974
Freer Gallery of Art permanent collection, transfer to the Freer Gallery of Art Study Collection [3]


[1] Curatorial Remark 9 in the object record.

[2] Curatorial Remark 9 in the object record.

[3] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office. The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection (Bishop Collection) to the permanent collection in January 1, 1974.

On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceremonial Object, Jade
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), schist, WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Chinese Art
Web Resource(s)
Jades for Life and Death, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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