Project Description

Bi Disk Green And Red Jade(48110)


green and red jade, Liangzhu Culture (3400 – 2200 BCE) | h18 w18 d0.5″ | h20 w18.25 x d4.5 (with stand)

The bi is a circular ancient Chinese jade artifact. The earliest bi were produced in the Neolithic period by the Liangzhu culture (3400-2250 BC). Later examples date from the Shang, Zhou, and Han dynasties. They were also made in glass.

In China, red jade signifies that life is “flourishing.” The color comes from the oxidation of the outer skin of a jade boulder, and not the presence of a chemical agent.