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    Sale 2268

    Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections

    18 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 264

    AN ALTERED JADE THREE-SECTION BI

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, QIJIA CULTURE, 2ND MILLENIUM BC

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    AN ALTERED JADE THREE-SECTION BI
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, NORTHWEST CHINA, QIJIA CULTURE, 2ND MILLENIUM BC
    All three flat arc-shaped sections cut from the same piece of jade and fashioned with straight edges and a conical hole drilled at each end in order for the three sections to be attached to each other, the now- opaque stone of buff color and with satin-like polish
    5 1/16 in. (13 cm.) diam. (3)


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    A three-part disc, bi, similarly formed by three huang, dated Neolithic or Shang, 2000-1500 BC, from Western China, and now in the British Museum, is illustrated by J. Rawson, Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 159, fig. 1.

    Provenance

    A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.