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Hu Trapezoidal Blade


Artist Unknown (China)


1100-771 B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G215
Hu Trapezoidal Blade, Artist Unknown (China)
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Jade (Do Not Use) | Marble-grey jade with grey-black veins and ochre clouds
Size: 12 x 2 7/16 x 3/8 in. (30.48 x 6.19 x 0.95 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 11th-8th century B.C., Early Western Chou dynasty
Physical Description: Marble-grey jade with grey-black veins and ochre clouds. Indentation at one side of hu suggests that it was modelled after a stone cutting tool with a handle.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.382
Added to Site: February 28, 2009