• Fine Chinese Ceramics and Work auction at Christies

    Sale 2405

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

    25 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1039

    AN OPAQUE MOTTLED OLIVE-GREEN AND BUFF JADE DISC, BI

    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE, 3RD MILLENIUM BC

    Price Realised  

    AN OPAQUE MOTTLED OLIVE-GREEN AND BUFF JADE DISC, BI
    NEOLITHIC PERIOD, LIANGZHU CULTURE, 3RD MILLENIUM BC
    The walls of the central hole drilled from both sides and retaining drill marks, the greyish-olive stone now opaque and with extensive buff alteration; together with a greyish-green jade cong, Northwest China, 2nd-1st millenium BC, the grey-green stone with areas of opaque buff alteration, traces of cinnabar
    7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diam. and 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.) square (2)


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    The opacity and distinctive markings in the stone of the bi are similar to that of one in the Art Institute of Chicago, also ascribed to the Liangzhu Culture, illustrated by E. Pearlstein in "Salmony's Catalogue of the Sonnenschein Jades in the Light of Recent Finds", Orientations, Selected Articles from 1983-1996, p. 130, fig. 1. See, also, the similar Liangzhu bi of comparable size (23 cm.) excavated from Fuquanshan, Qingpu county, Shanghai, illustrated in Gems of Liangzhu Culture, Shanghai Museum and Urban Council, Hong Kong, 1992, pp. 166-7, no. 60.

    Provenance

    Both: A.W. Bahr Collection, Weybridge, 1963.


    Exhibited

    Bi: The Arts of China, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1973-1978.