Dimensions: the bi disc is 5.67 inches diameter and. With Stand it measures 7.25 inches high This is an unusually thick example with mottled green and gray colors. Neolithic jades from this period are handmade and hand abraided and hand polished using Primitive tools of the time: bamboo, stone, water and stone dust This jade like others from this ancient period of time were cut and fashioned hand abraided using natural organic string made from vegetation combined with sand paste and water- these were the tools used to abraid and cut hard jade stone. In addition this bi displays a beautiful calcified mineralization from being buried underground for thousands of years. Provenance: Our private collection and accompanied by our Schneible Fine Arts LLC Lifetime Guarantee of Authenticity.
All our jade bi have been authenticated by Mr. Gu Fang, Senior Fellow at the Center of Jadeology and Jade Culture in Beijing, This is a genuine ancient artifact and not a reproduction. We have been dealing in authentic Chinese, Japanese antiquities and Fine art, garden ornaments, lanterns and water basins for 25 years. Schneible personally travels to China, Japan and Europe each year to meet his network partners who assist him in finding best examples.
He personally inspects each antique work of art to ensure its old age, authenticity, and quality condition. History: Flat jade discs with a round central hole "bi" are among the earliest surviving artifacts of China and must be considered among great ancient art forms- masterpieces of the Neolithic period. Nephrite jade from which discs were fashioned is a prime hard and strong stone, arduous to work by hand using Primitive stone tools and abrasives. It's no wonder then that jade discs bi represent remarkable craftsmanship. While all theories presented to date are speculative, we can forward one Based Upon the warring states text Zhou Li that bi are thought to represent symbols of heaven and were used in ancient rituals together with square tubes cong symbolizing the earth.To worship heaven with a bi explains their importance and use. Bi also symbolize status of high social rank and sheds light on why many carved jades have been found in Zhou royal tombs. They are prominently found in varied qualities, quantities and sizes. Today jade bi are emblematic of power, status and privileged classes and offer more complex, varied meaning. Please refer to these excellent publications: Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, exhibition catalogue The British Museum, London, 1995, pp 13ff, and Section 4. And also Radiant Stones Archaic Chinese Jades, the Myrna and Samurai Myers collection, 2000 curated by Filippo Salviati, PhD, entry 14, Bi Disc. The item "Important Ancient Chinese Jade Bi, Thick Specimen Dating from 2000 BC" is in sale since Friday, January 12, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Other Chinese Antiques". The seller is "drachm" and is located in Shelburne, Vermont. This item can be shipped to United States.