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A MOTTLED PALE OLIVE-GREEN JADE BI

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A MOTTLED PALE OLIVE-GREEN JADE BI
LATE EASTERN ZHOU/EARLY WESTERN HAN DYNASTY

Each side carved in relief with a field of comma spirals set within narrow, raised borders, the translucent stone suffused with opaque mottling and with earth and cinnabar encrustation imbuing the color of the jade with a russet tint, the stone with typical high polish of the period; together with a faceted agate ring or bangle, Warring States period, the translucent stone of pale gray color with white swirled inclusions and some pale russet inclusions, finely polished
3 11/16 and 2¾in. (9.3 and 7cm.) diam., boxes
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For a disc of very similar size and decoration see Gugong Guyu Tulu (Illustrated Catalogue of Ancient Jade Artifacts in The National Palace Museum), Taipei, 1982, no. 198
For others see Alfred Salmony, Archaic Chinese Jades from the Edward and Louise B. Sonnenschein Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1952, p. 200, pl. LXXIII, nos. 1 and 2; Yang Boda, Chinese Archaic Jades From The Kwan Collection, Hong Kong, 1994, Catalogue, no. 199; and Jessica Rawson, Chinese Jade From The Neolithic To The Qing, London, 1995, Catalogue, p. 253, no. 15:2

A slightly larger moss-green agate ring of similar type was included in the exhibition, Jades from China, The Museum Of East Asian Art, Bath, 1994, and illustrated by Angus Forsyth and Brian McElney in the Catalogue, p. 230, no. 123, where the authors discuss the use of these bracelets or rings, as well as the differences in carving from the Warring States to Early Western Han period

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