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Antique jade Bi disc - Natural jade - Jade disc - Transparent ancient jade - Chinese antiques


Antique natural brown jade Bi disc with natural shades.
There are some ancient chips on the outer border and 2 little scratch. The item is not cracked.
High quality of jade, incredibly transparent and hard.
Provenience: China.

Dim. outer diameter: 4.52 inch.

From Wikipedia:
A bi is a flat jade disc with a circular hole in the centre. Neolithic bi are undecorated, while those of later periods of China, like the Zhou dynasty, bear increasingly ornate surface carving (particularly in a hexagonal pattern) whose motifs represented deities associated with the sky (four directions) as well as standing for qualities and powers the wearer wanted to invoke or embody.

As laboriously crafted objects, they testify to the concentration of power and resources in the hands of a small elite.

Later traditions associate the bi with heaven, and the cong with the earth.

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