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 19

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

Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, Dia: 19 5/8 in. Th: 1/2 in.


This bi disc is rendered in a dark spinach green jade with a shock of brown/bronze colored inclusion that evokes a celestial nebula. Mineral intrusions such as iron oxide create a stark contrast in both its appearance and its feel to the touch. The dark green side is smooth and warm, while the altered side is grainy and rough. The piece itself is amazingly thin considering it's overall size. Some minor chips along its edges are present, but overall this piece in in very fine shape. A custom steel display base is included.