• Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works  auction at Christies

    Sale 2389

    Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    14 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    A MOTTLED OLIVE-GREY, BROWN AND BUFF JADE DISC, BI

    NORTHWEST CHINA, LATE 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM BC

    Price Realised  

    A MOTTLED OLIVE-GREY, BROWN AND BUFF JADE DISC, BI
    NORTHWEST CHINA, LATE 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM BC
    The large central aperture drilled from one side, the semi-translucent greyish-olive stone with two areas of opaque buff alteration at the rim on opposite sides, as well as areas of dark brown alteration, with smooth polish
    6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) diam.


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    The type of stone and the opaque alterations at the edges of this bi are similar to that of bi from the Qijia culture, such as one excavated in Lajia, Minhe, Qinghai province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 15 - Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, Xinjiang, Beijing, 2005, p. 144.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.