Disk (bi 璧)

(Described in the Last Will and Testament of Katharine Graham, 2002)
Black archaic jade bi 璧 disk with rice grain spiral studs, fine beveled edges, offset pierced hole (minor surface nicks and calcification).
Diameter: 8 ¼”, ½” thick

Labeled with sticker no. 35.

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, reworked and decorated in late Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period, or Qing dynasty, 3300-2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 21 x 1.7 cm (8 1/4 x 11/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Bequest of Katharine Graham
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F2011.1
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object: disk (bi)

Keywords
China, Eastern Zhou dynasty (770 - 221 BCE), Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), Warring States period (475 - 221 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

(Described in the Last Will and Testament of Katharine Graham, 2002)
Black archaic jade bi 璧 disk with rice grain spiral studs, fine beveled edges, offset pierced hole (minor surface nicks and calcification).
Diameter: 8 ¼", ½" thick

Labeled with sticker no. 35.

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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