Gui ceremonial blade
- Other titles:
- Ceremonial blade
- Lower Asian gallery
- Further information
In shape, this ceremonial or funerary jade is reminiscent of a Neolithic stone harvesting knife, even down to the perforations along the unsharpened edge. On the original these would have served to attach a backing or grip for the hand. To make the blade, its outline would first have been drawn on a flat slab sawn from the block. Jade is so hard it cannot b cut with metals; the Chinese used an abrasive sand with a greater degree of hardness. During the Shang period such replicas of tools were used as ceremonial emblems.
‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.73
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Place of origin
- China: Shang dynasty circa 1600–1100 BCE
- Ceremonial object
- 52.1 x 9.5 x 0.3 cm; 56.5 x 10.0 x 1.0 cm mounted on mount; 56.5 x 12.5 x 13.9 cm object with stand
- Signature & date
- Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of Dr J.L. Shellshear 1954
- Accession number