CHINESE JADE "BI" FUNERARY DISC SCULPTURE
We will admit that we acquired this amazing Chinese Jade sculpture in Palm Beach purely for its decorative and sculptural presence.
As we began to research this ancient form we discovered an amazing history that reminds us that many of the forms in decorative arts or decoration (such as the obelisk) have an incredible symbolic lineage.
"Bis" originated in the Chinese Neolithic period approximately 3400-2250 BC and possibly were a reference to the heavens or "sky".
Early examples were found in the graves, if not directly on the remains, of that generation's elite.
In addition to symbolic references to the heavens as well as an individual's rank in society they also were surrendered when a group was defeated in battle.
Despite the ambiguity of their function, the "Bi" remains an elegant and meditative form that will embellish your home.
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Jade, metal stand
Asia, 20th century
Minor wear to base.
Disc in excellent condition.