LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, QIJIA CULTURE, (2200 – 1600 BC)
A spinach green jade with areas that have been altered by heat or prolonged burial. Squared exterior and shoulders with the central opening drilled from both sides, with a satiny polish. The Qijia culture was an early Bronze Age culture distributed around the upper Yellow River region of Gansu (centered in Lanzhou) and eastern Qinghai. It is regarded as one of the earliest bronze cultures.
7.125 x 3.5 in. (18 x 8.9 cm.)