A jade axe (fu)
Neolithic period, circa 4th to 3rd millennium BC
Length: 6 in, 15.3 cm
the slender slab spreads from the butt towards the straight, sharply bevelled cutting edge and has tapering sides. The butt is pierced from one side with a circular hole. The semi-translucent jade is a green tone with some cloudy and russet markings.
Formerly in the collection of Professor Max Loehr (1903–88).
For an example of similar form see Max Loehr, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975), no. 3, p. 43.