Here's another beautiful and unique way to accent your indoor or outdoor garden space with this treasure!
Our jade stone garden bi was developed for our clients who love brilliant color, this round universal form, and want something unique and exciting to add to their indoor or outdoor garden space! Our exclusive jade stone design was inspired by and based upon China's ancient and historical "bi". "Bi" are thought to represent symbols of heaven and were used in ancient rituals and considered important wealth objects. "To worship heaven with a "bi" explains their importance and use. See more information following. Our jade stone bi is hand-turned from solid onyx, in a brilliant green translucent color. Each bi takes many days of hand turning to reach its smooth and superb round form. We then custom mount each bi on a custom-made, heavy wrought iron Stand welded to a thick solid iron base plate to offer stability and eye appealing display. No two are alike . Diameter of bi is 15.5"d and total height including Stand is 50" high. Note: outdoor photography taken in medium overcast light.
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Please come visit us June 15-Oct 10, to our expansive Maine annual summer garden and indoor gallery Exhibition "Treasures from Asia" 149 Main St, Northeast Harbor, Me 04662 (Mount Desert Island-just 15 minutes from Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park). Our seventh annual exhibition features hundreds of antique and unique Asian and non-Asian garden ornaments including a Fine selection of authentic Japanese lanterns and water basins (tsukubaI) as well as an indoor gallery chock full of select antique Asian Buddhas, Chinese antiquities, old jades, Fine pottery, woodblock prints, Japanese screens, and much more. We hope to see you there !
History of Chinese "Bi." 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 than 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 (Rites of Zhou), that "bi" are thought to represent symbols of heaven and were used in ancient rituals. "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. Their ritual prominence stretches from the most ancient of Chinese history- Hongshan/Liangzhu/Longshan (4700-2100 BCE)/ Qi Jia cultures and on to the Zhou dynasty (3000-250 BCE) onwards. 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 Samuel Myers collection, 2000, curated by Filippo Salviati, Ph D, entry 14, Bi disc.