China, an imperial jade Bi Disk, 9.5” diameter, Han dynasty(2200-1700 BCE)
the well polished large round ritual jade of medium green color finely incised with three
registers including two registers of animal mask decoration separated by a register of
cross hatched “grain” pattern seperated by thin rope patterns the whole evenly toned.
Jade bi and cong are regarded as cosmological symbols and as signifiers of status and
wealth. It was post neolithic China and during the Shang period and later that jade craftsmen began
incising jade bi with varying motifs- from simple lines to fantastic imagery as on this Han dynasty
example. Imperial quality jade Bi, carved for entombment and specifically for high officials and
elite persons, are recognized by the high quality of their jade, fine incising, polish, and by multiple
registers of complex imagery
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