Disk (bi 璧)

Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; bored from both sides leaving slight median ridge; mottled light and dark olive greens and browns; some areas of earth colored incipient disintegration; irregularities in proportions and contours. (Several old smoothed chips on rim.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Maker(s)
Artist: Probably Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 13.4 x 0.9 cm (5 1/4 x 3/8 in) Diam (hole): 5.5 cm (2 1/8 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai Region
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1917.395
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object: disk (bi)

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; bored from both sides leaving slight median ridge; mottled light and dark olive greens and browns; some areas of earth colored incipient disintegration; irregularities in proportions and contours. (Several old smoothed chips on rim.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Published References
  • J. Keith Wilson, Jingmin Zhang. Jades for Life and Death. .
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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