Disk (bi) with dragons and spirals


Historical period(s)
Western Han dynasty, 2nd-1st century BCE
Jade (?)
Diam x D: 18 x 0.6 cm (7 1/16 x 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceremonial Object, Jade

Ceremonial object

China, dragon, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE - 9 CE), WWII-era provenance

To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]


[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[2] See #121: "Disk. Green with tan and brown stains. Surface has outer band of four tao-tick with double bodies inner band of hexagonal dots in relief with spirals engraved on each one. Old surface imperfections," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Abel William Bahr 1877-1959
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Published References
  • Shuping Deng. Publication title unknown. p. 43.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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