Disk (bi) with raised uniform curls arranged in a grid and masks with interlaced birds

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    206 BCE-9 CE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 27.1 × 7 cm (10 11/16 × 2 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    This disk, carved almost identically on both sides, has a large central aperture bordered by a narrow, undecorated ring, followed by a wider band filled with bovinelike monster masks, stylized bodies, and interlocked crested birds. This "animal band" is ringed by a narrow twisted-rope border followed by a wide band filled with comma spirals arranged in a regular grid pattern. A narrow, undecorated ring encircles the outer edge of the disk.
    Disk with 2-zoned layout, commas, and interlacing frontal "dragons."
    Large Green Archaic Jade Bi Disk
    Lightly carved with entwined sinuous birds alternating with stylized bovine masks, encircled by a rope-twist band before faceted studs incised with rice-grain spirals, the greenish stone with icy white inclusions and russet veins
    Labeled no. 34
  • Marks

    Labeled no. 34
  • Provenance

    To 2002
    Mrs. Katharine Graham, Washington, DC, to 2002 [1]
    From 2002
    Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Mrs. Katharine Graham in 2002
    [1] Mrs. Katharine Graham received this object from her parents (according to Curatorial Note 5, Jan Stuart, December 2002, in the object record).
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades (October 14, 2017 - ongoing)
    Ancient Chinese Jades and Bronzes (November 20, 2010 to January 3, 2016)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Katharine Meyer Graham (1917-2001)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Bequest of Mrs. Katharine Graham
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 19: Afterlife: Ancient Chinese Jades
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