Lot 2006. A dark green and buff jade bi, Late Warring States period-Western Han dynasty, 4th century BC-1st century AD; 6½ in. (16.5 cm.) diam. Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000. Price Realized USD 13,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2014.
Each side is carved in low relief with a field of comma spirals within an hexagonal grid pattern between inscribed line borders at the outer and inner rims. The dark green stone is now semi-opaque and has opaque areas of buff color, box, metal stand.
Provenance: J.J. Lally & Co., New York, April 1993.
Exhibited: Cincinnati, Ohio, The Taft Museum, Cincinnati Collects 5000 Years of Chinese Art, 28 February - 20 April 1997, no. 5.
Property from the Jacob and Mary Stein Collection.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, New York, 20 - 21 March 2014