Throckmorton Fine Art
Timed Auction

Liangzhu: Ritual Objects at the Dawn of China’s Jade Age

Thu, May 19, 2022 12:00AM EDT - Fri, Jun 3, 2022 05:00PM EDT
Lot 40

Bi Disc, Late Neolithic Period, Liangzhu Culture (3200 - 2300 BCE)

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, Dia: 15 7/16 in. Th: 7/16 in.


This bi disc is a wonderful, if typical expression of the form. It is finely carved from a calm olive green nephrite with alterations of reddish brown caused by mineral intrusions, likely iron oxide. As is typical of Liangzhu bi, the perforation is central and shows evidence of being drilled from both ends. Its surfaces are extraordinarily even, and it's edges are sharp and flat. This work is in very fine condition considering its age and has some very minor chips on it's edges. A custom made steel display base is included.