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 34

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

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$2,000 $50
$5,000 $100
Jade, Dia: 19 1/8 in. Th: 13/16 in.


This extraordinary bi is striking, not just for its size (which is quite large), but for the beautiful expression of the stone. While the hues are mostly pale, the palette goes from apple green, white, yellow, blue, brown and purple. Its surface is matte and smooth, likely due to exposure to moisture and alkali. The appearance of the stone is very flat with sharp and straight edges. The piece has some minor chips and scratches, but is in very good condition. This work ships with a custom made steel display base.