Stone Yue-Axe

Late Shang Dynasty, 1100 B.C. - The Western Zhou Dynasty, 771 B.C.

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum
Chengdu, China

This stone yue-axe is shaped as slight convex on both sides, shoulder-shaped upper parts,tongue-shaped edge,and rectangle flanks. It has a concise outline and simple decorative patterns: In the front, it was carved a line of units following the patterns of inclined checks with four round points in the middle of four checks; under the line, it was engraved an inverted triangle leaf-shaped pattern and two double wavy lines astride it. This stone yue-axe is almost identical with the No.14 bronze yue-axe from a hoard of Western Zhou relics unearthed in Pengxian County of Sichuan in February 1980, except for the decorative patterns. Similar bronze objects have also been found at Chenggu of Shaanxi Province. This kind of stone object is the first discovery in China.


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