Warring States Jade Bi 戰國玉璧

Warring States Jade Bi D.16.5 cm

Carved with pale tone Hetian jade, this Warring States jade bi composes three sections: At the center is a dragon, surrounding the dragon is the section of low relief crop motif, at the outer ring is also the area showing low relief crop motif, at the top and bottom are god’s face. On the right hand side and left hand side there is a phoenix attached on the edge of the bi. This bi is of mastery workmanship with calcification evidence of antiquity.

Han Dynasty Jade Bi, D.19.5cm,T.0.8cm漢代黃玉璧

 

160826012942-black-hole-breakthrough-lee-pkg-00002217-full-169Carved with yellow tone Hetian jade, this bi is decorated crop sprouts on both sides. The edge of the bi has sharp angle with multi-level planes which is quite different from single level plane. This fact may reflect the advancement of harder tools and more skillful technique of the Han Dynasty.  Antiquity evidences include diffusive marking and differential weathering.Some researches believe that the ritual jade bi relates to the celestial body  such as the black hole (image of lower left is one scene of the black hole published in internet.).

Appraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 10
2. rareness: 9
3. historical and cultural significance: 9
4. workmanship: 9
5. size:10
6. condition: 10

Han Dynasty Jade Bi Disk漢長樂銘文玉璧

Jade Bi Disk, H.10cm, W.7cm, T.0.6cm, 65grams. This object of jade bi is designed to express three major sections: The outer ring with connected cloud of the bi-disk, the inner open2112730-02c1e9f18aae9635 work with one side seen “eternal happiness(長樂)” inscription( Changlegong is the name of the palace of the Han Dynasty), the other side seen dragon and phoenix motif, the dragon form attached on the top edge of the outer ring. The object may be used as a pass for entry to the palace of  Chanlegong . With mastery workmanship, this bi disk is pervasively populated with various archaic elements including cleaving veins, additive crystals and differential weathering.汉长乐铭文玉璧, H.10cm, W.7cm, T.0.6cm, 65g。 本器青玉雕琢, 玉璧上端为出廓龙纹, 双面雕琢,一面为隶书体长乐, 一面为龙凤纹,玉璧表面饰阴线勾联云纹, 此玉璧可能是作为长乐宫之信符, 本器古玉迹象为增生晶体及冰裂纹。

Appraisal Indexes:
1. quality of jade: 10
2. rareness: 9
3. historical and cultural significance: 9
4. workmanship: 10
5. size:7
6. condition: 10