Disk (bi) with knobs, masks and birds

citation

Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, BCE 206-9 CE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x Diam: 0.7 x 27.1 cm (5/16 x 10 11/16 in) Diam (hole): 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Katharine Graham
Accession Number
F2002.16a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, Han dynasty (206 BCE - 220 CE), nephrite, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 2002
Mrs. Katharine Graham, Washington, D.C., to 2002 [1]

From 2002
Freer Gallery of Art, bequeathed by Mrs. Katharine Graham in 2002

Notes:

[1] Mrs. Katharine Graham received this object from her parents (according to Curatorial Note 5, Jan Stuart, December 2002, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s)

Katharine Meyer Graham 1917 - 2001

Label

Unlike other disks in the Freer collection, this bi has raised bumps only on its outer border. The inner ring is decorated with pairs of entwined birds and animal masks. These patterns are reversed on most excavated examples, with spirals filling the inner ring. Such variations in the highly standardized organization of decoration are extremely rare among ritual objects.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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