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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 284

    A VERY RARE OPAQUE TAUPE AND RUSSET JADE BI

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE, 3RD MILLENNIUM BC

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    A VERY RARE OPAQUE TAUPE AND RUSSET JADE BI
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE, 3RD MILLENNIUM BC
    The disc tapering very slightly from the central hole to the outer edge, the inner walls of the central hole and outer edge well polished as are the two faces of the disc, the stone now opaque and of mottled taupe, ivory-sand and russet color
    6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) diam.


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    The opacity and markings in the stone of this bi are similar to one also ascribed to the Liangzhu culture, illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 132, no. 4:1. See, also, two other bi of more ivory tone from the Liangzhu culture, excavated in Yuhang, Zhejiang province, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Jades Unearthed in China - 8 - Zhejiang, Beijing, 2005, pp. 133 and 138.

    Provenance

    C.T. Loo & Co., New York.
    Frank Caro, New York, prior to 1966.