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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 277

    A VERY RARE AND UNUSUALLY LARGE DARK GREEN JADE BI

    LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, CIRCA 2000 BC

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE AND UNUSUALLY LARGE DARK GREEN JADE BI
    LATE NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, CIRCA 2000 BC
    Of somewhat irregular thickness and still retaining the original cutting line on one side, as well as the cutting marks on the walls of the central hole which was drilled from both sides, the semi-translucent stone of variegated shades of dark green with some brown veining and opaque brownish-green areas at the outer rim
    13 3/8 in. (34.1 cm.) diam.


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    Large jade bi of this rich green color appear to be quite rare. One of smaller size (22 cm. diam.) is illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 155, no. 7:6, where the author ascribes it to northwest China, c. 2000-1000 BC. As with the present bi it retains its cutting line on one side and is also somewhat translucent.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.