Lot 5062. An archaic jade axe and an archaic jade blade, Shang dynasty (c. 1600 BC–c. 1046 BC); 11.9 and 14.4 cm, 4 1/4  and 5 5/8  inEstimate 50,000 — 70,000 HKDSold for 62,500 HKD (7,395 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's.

the first of trapezoidal form and subtly and crisply worked with bevelled edges, the stone of a rich moss-green colour variegated with white and black inclusions, pierced with two conjoined circular apertures; the other similarly worked from a variegated hunter-green stone with a tapering form, well polished with flat sides and pierced with small apertures.

Provenance: An important Asian collection, acquired in the 1980s or earlier.

Sotheby's. EYE/EAST, Hong Kong, 22 May 2020