1. (Jeffrey Smith per Keith Wilson, July 17, 2008) Jewelry and Ornament added as secondary classification.
2. (Jeffrey Smith per Janet Douglas, June 17, 2010) Nephrite added as modifier to existing medium of "jade" based on conservation analysis.
3. (Susan Kitsoulis per Keith Wilson, July 8, 2010) Object name changed from "Pendant: dagger-axe (ge) 戈" to "Jewelry."
4. (Jeffrey Smith per Keith Wilson, May 1, 2012) Late Shang 商, late Anyang 安陽 period or Western Zhou 周 dynasty.
5. (Najiba Choudhury per Keith Wilson, January 13, 2020) Title changed from "Dagger-axe (ge)" to "Dagger-axe (ge 戈), fragment, reworked"; Period One changed from "Late Shang, late Anyang period or early Western Zhou dynasty" to "Erlitou culture or early Shang dynasty; reworked in modern times"; Date changed from "11th century BCE" to "ca. 2000-ca. 1400 BCE"; added Chinese Caption by Jingmin Zhang; added the following to the Description field, "This highly polished jade ge 戈, or dagger-axe, has a straight blade and symmetrical tip. There are projections on the top and bottom edges of the dagger-axe coinciding with the small circular perforation that interrupts the pronounced median crest, which extends from the tip of the blade to the butt end of the tang. The projection on the top of the blade is notched in the center and at the butt end. The projections on the lower edge of the blade are more elaborate. A curving form extends downward to define a vertical edge, or hu 胡, of the type commonly seen on bronze ge 戈. More intricate is the projection that descends from the butt end of the dagger-axe. A small curvilinear element at the edge of the blade is repeated below. Incised lines reinforce the contours of this projection. The lower curvilinear element is perforated. A larger circle that resembles an incomplete perforation appears on the lower portion of the butt end of the tang. (Largely calcified, with powdery area on handle butt, front; minute nicks in pointed edge; cinnabar and soil adhering.)"
Added Label Text from the exhibition, In Praise of Ancestors, September 28, 1987-January 5, 1989 by Thomas Lawton.
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