紅山文化馬首刀Hongshan Culture Jade Knife, L. 42cm, 2500grams

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003szkb0zy6wtkzchuh8d690S__3547146Made of nephrite, this jade artifact is emphasized in shape rather than the lines of curvature appeared on the surface as by many Hongshan Culture jade. With horse head as the handle of the knife whose design has bold and rough style, this jade knife has the form of the most typical shape of an ancient Chinese weapon knife.  As short mane and mouth looking of the horse is seen, it may be  Mongolian Tarpan of five thousand years ago. The horse style of the jade knife has shown that it is the horse found in Mongolia which belongs to the geographical area of the Hongshan culture. Dissolved pits and additive crystals are seen in various areas of the knife

240px-equus_przewalskii_shinjang红山文化马首刀L. 42cm, 2500g。本器之玉质为和田玉种, 刀把为短鬃短嘴形态系古蒙古Tarpan种马首造型, 全器满布增生晶体,多处有溶蚀孔及差异风化, 古玉现象明显. 本器系红山文化类似形制中属于大件之精品。

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 Appraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 8
2. rareness: 9
3. historical and cultural significance: 8
4. workmanship: 9
5. size:9
6. condition: 10