THIS LISTING IS FOR A RARE 19th CENTURY ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED JADE “BI” DISC OR AMULET WITH STYLIZED DRAGON AND SYMBOLS IN THE DESIGN MOUNTED ON WOODEN STAND. THE “BI” HAS NICE DETAILS AND BEAUTIFUL DARK GREEN COLORATION IN THE STONE. THE BI SITS ON A ELABORATE CARVED WOODEN STAND WHICH HAS ORIGINAL PAPER LABEL ON BASE WHICH DATES THE STAND TO THE 19th CENTURY. IT’S HARD TO ACCURATELY DATE THE “BI”, HOWEVER, WE BELIEVE IT TO BE 19th CENTURY OR EARLIER. THE “BI” MEASURES 2 7/8″ IN DIAMETER AND 1/4″ THICK WITH THE CENTER HOLE BEING 5/8 IN DIAMETER. THE STAND MEASURES 3 3/4″HIGH, 3 1/2″ WIDE AND 2 DEEP. WEIGHS 4.6 OUNCES. A “BI” IS A FLAT JADE DISC WITH A CIRCULAR HOLE IN CENTER. NEOLITHIC BI WERE UNDECORATED BUT IN LATER PERIODS THEY BEGAN TO BE DECORATED, OFTEN WITH SURFACE CARVINGS WITH MOTIFS REPRESENTING DIETIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SKY (FOR DIRECTION) AS WELL AS STANDING FOR QUALITIES AND POWER THE BEARER WISHED TO EMBODY. THEY WERE CRAFTED ONLY FOR THE ELITE USING CRUDE TOOLS OF THE TIME. MEASURES 12 1/2″, 6″ WIDE AND 3 DEEP. WEIGHS 6.1 POUNDS. THE CONDITION IS EXCELLENT WITH NO CHIPS OR CRACKS OR NOTED FLAWS. WE ARE DEFINITELY NOT EXPERTS ON ORIENTAL ANTIQUES SO PLEASE USE YOUR OWN JUDGMENT IN DETERMINING AGE OF THIS PIECE. Have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business! The item “19TH C. ANTIQUE CHINESE HAND CARVED JADE BI DISC / AMULET ON STAND with DRAGON” is in sale since Friday, August 15, 2014. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Amulets”. The seller is “antiquesandmooresales” and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Primary Material: Jade
- Age: 1850-1899
- Region of Origin: China
- Original/Reproduction: Original