24 novembre 2017

A very rare jade disc, bi, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24)

A very rare jade disc, bi, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD)

Lot 4. A very rare jade disc, bi, Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24)Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 120,000 (€8,600 - 13,000). Sold for HK$ 100,000 (€10,782).  Photo: Bonhams.

Crisply carved in relief on both sides with evenly spaced 'grain' pattern, encircled by two narrow raised bands at the inner and outer edges, the inner rim issuing three pointed hooks, the stone of pale yellow tone, fitted box. 9.8cm (4in) diam.

Provenance: The Sze Yuan Tang Collection

NoteThis type of bi disc with three pointed hooks is rare, and it is possible that originally it was designed with an inset decoration at the inner hole. See a slightly larger bi of similar form and proportion, excavated from the tomb of the King of Chu in Shizishan, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, in the Nanjing Museum, illustrated by Gu Fang, The Pictorial Handbook of Ancient Chinese Jades, Beijing, 2007, p.231.

Bonhams. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 28 Nov 2017, 14:00 HKT, HONG KONG, ADMIRALTY


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