Disk (bi 璧)

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Mottled jade bi 璧, greenish jade with rust mottling throughout the plain circular disk.

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: 18.1 x 1.5 cm (7 1/8 x 9/16 in)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz
Accession Number
F2000.10.1a-b
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, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 2000
Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz (1913-2001). [1]

From 2000
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz. [2]

Notes:

[1] According to Collections Management Notes #2, “Gift accepted 12/21/00 before Mrs. Lorentz' death on 1/27/01, however this item was included as a bequest to the Freer in her will as number #(xxi) and noted as: "mottled jade Bi, greenish jade with rust mottling throughout the plain circular disc, diameter 7 inches."

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz 1913 - 2001

Description

Mottled jade bi 璧, greenish jade with rust mottling throughout the plain circular disk.

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

Copyright with museum