A very rare jade disc, bi Western Han Dynasty

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Lot 4
A very rare jade disc, bi
Western Han Dynasty

Sold for HK$ 100,000 (US$ 12,740) inc. premium
A very rare jade disc, bi
Western Han Dynasty
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.

Footnotes

  • 西漢 穀紋玉璧

    Provenance:
    The Sze Yuan Tang Collection

    來源:
    思源堂收藏

    This 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.

    玉質白色。壁兩面飾穀紋,壁內壁有三個齒狀出尖,較為罕見,或為鑲嵌飾品而作,但中間飾品遺失。與此拍品類似穀紋及玉質的例子,見江蘇省徐州市獅子山楚王墓出土一件西漢穀紋玉璧,現藏南京博物院,著錄於古方主編,《中國古玉器圖典》,北京,2007年,頁231。
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