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An Archaic Jade Bi of Western Zhou Period (BCE 1121--)

An Archaic Jade Bi of Western Zhou Period (BCE 1121--)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Hardstones: Pre 1492: Item # 1326245

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By charming atmosphere and with mysterious beauty, an excavation piece of a jade Bi was presented in a unique form.
As seemly a remnant of a hardstone's boulder of making the jade Bis, the Bi was actually a formal ritual object despite the roughly shaped side and the original stone encrustation preserved.
In ancient times, jade pieces could be always so precious that nothing would be discarded even there're some defects.
Without further modifying work but with original drilling hole in the middle, the Bi was then buried through centuries.
Incursions were obvious on the surface.
As a fine piece and a good example for studying Chinese archaic jade, types and the maneuvering process, it is certainly a perfect object.
A similar piece is in the National Palace Museum of Taipei. A poem was inscribed on it by the admiring Qianglong Emperor.

Date: Western Zhou period (1121 B.C.-771 B.C.)

Width: 15.2cm


One nice example was shown in the last several pictures. It was from a famous dealer.