The perfection of this ancient carved natural nephrite jade dragon bi takes your breath away- made circa 1000 BC during the Western Zhou Dynasty in ancient China the skill and artistic genius of the culture and craftsman are incredibly accomplished. Cut incredibly fine the depth of the sliced jade here is just 1/8 (3.5mm), this ancient art lost in antiquity. Qing dynasty sliced jade is cut at the least around 1/4 thick and in most cases larger than this. The polish and the perfect curvature around the outside of the bi is incredible too- it is a mirror like smooth curve all the way around and this detail completed with perfection just around the edge of the bi where it would be least noticed.
To each side a tilted incised line is cut with extraordinary symmetry between left and right and depicting two dragons on each side. Both sides of the bi are completed with this intricate entwined dragon design. The dragons are stylistic, majestic and very powerfully depicted. Visible across the surface of the jade are the millennia since it was carved.There is calcification, exposed crystal planes, natural suffusion, grey skin and weathering visible. The fine effects of time during the burial of this ancient dragon amulet in some places so fine they are best visible with a jewelers loupe. It measures approximately 2 3/16" long by 2 1/8" wide (55mm x 54mm). The slight difference between the length and the width and the offset arrangement of the central circular negative space are eye catching and create strong visual tension and interest. Of incredibly rarity this early Zhou Dynasty jade bi is intact, durable and strong making it wearable as an exquisite personal adornment as well as exhibiting the artifact as part of a special collection. The photos form part of the description. The item "1000BC NEPHRITE JADE BI DISC AMULET PENDANT Zhou Chinese Carved Ancient" is in sale since Friday, October 26, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Amulets". The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.