Disk (bi 璧)

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Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; bored from both sides, leaving a pronounced median ridge; rich mottled browns with excessive white disintegration, one area near rim completely decomposed on both sides; proportions irregular; surface rough with cracks and pits of decomposition. (Rim broken and chipped.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
Diam x D: 17.1 x 1.4 cm (6 3/4 x 9/16 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.444
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite
Provenance

To 1911
Pa Ku Cha, China, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Pa Ku Cha, China, in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, pg. 94, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Pa Ku Cha (C.L. Freer source)

Description

Perforated disk of the type pi [bi] 璧; bored from both sides, leaving a pronounced median ridge; rich mottled browns with excessive white disintegration, one area near rim completely decomposed on both sides; proportions irregular; surface rough with cracks and pits of decomposition. (Rim broken and chipped.)

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum

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