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Carving: O.3-1940

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Current Location: In storage




Semi-translucent grey green jade with brownish veins, carved in the form of an archaic axe head, surmounted by a recumbent quadruped. The edges of the axe are flanked by reticulated flanges and the middle section of the axe is decorated with even rows of relief spirals. The deer on the top holds a lingzhi fungi lotus spray or lotus leaf, a motif that was popular in the Song dynasty. However, the combination of a deer with a ceremonial blade suggests it might have been copied from the woodblock print during the 18th century

Measurements and weight

Length: 12.5 cm
Width: 5.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940) by Hornblower, G. D., OBE


1700 - 1800

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Accession number: O.3-1940
Primary reference Number: 167841
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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