A fine and superb miniature Bi disc from the late Neolithic to Bronze Ages, c. 3000-2000 BCE, diameter 1.25" to 2", fine quality. We will include a complimentary cord for wearing as a precious jewelry pendant. Provenance: collected in Gansu Province prior to 2005.
These make wonderful charming gifts and personal jewelry pendants.... and yes, even I wear one every day!
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China’s Neolithic Jade Disc "Bi"- rare heavenly ritual objects
We were fortuante to find a small cache of these genuine jade artifacts many years ago while traveling China's back country. Here's is what I had to say about them on my web site:
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 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. Their ritual prominence stretches from the most ancient of Chinese history- Hongshan / Liangzhu / Longshan (4700-21900 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 Samual Myers collection, 2000, curated by Filippo Salviati, Ph D, entry 14, Bi disc.
Each jade is accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity. In addition many jades have been personally examined and approved by Chinese jade specialists such as Mr. Gu Fang, Senior Fellow of the Institute of Archeology Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
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