A stone axe (fu)

Neolithic stone axe

CJ1868

Neolithic period, circa 5th to 3rd millennium BC

Length: 4 in, 10.2 cm

the thick stone flares from the butt end, in which a circular aperture has been drilled from both sides, to a bevelled cutting edge. The mottled green stone is suffused with tan.

Formerly in the collection of Professor Max Loehr (1903–88).

The stone has been altered through contact and may be all or part nephrite.