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    Sale 2027

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 343

    A LARGE PALE GREY JADE DISC, BI

    HAN DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST CENTURY BC

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A LARGE PALE GREY JADE DISC, BI
    HAN DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST CENTURY BC
    Both sides with a plain inner and outer border, with a wide band of comma spirals set within an inner striated border and an outer band carved with outward-facing bovine masks with long, scrolling horns, the pale greenish-grey stone with some opaque beige alteration
    8 5/16 in. (21 cm.) diam., box


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    A group of silmilarly carved bi, dated c. 122 BC, were found on the lower part of the jade suit of the King of Nanyue at Xinggang, Guangzhou, Guangdong province. See J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995, p. 73, fig. 67, and Gu Fang, The Complete Collection of Unearthed Jades in China, vol. 11, Beijing, 2005, no. 51. Compare two other similar bi illustrated by the Institute of Archaeology, Excavations of the Han Tombs at Mancheng, vol. II, Beijing, 1980, pl. CCX, figs. 1 and 2.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Washington, DC, early 1970s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. MALCOLM E. MCPHERSON