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China

Title
Perforated bi disc with chi dragons
Other titles:
Bi disc decorated with dragons
Place of origin
China
Period
Kangxi 1662 - 1722Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Yongzheng 1723 - 1735Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Media category
Jade
Materials used
jade
Dimensions

15.0 cm x 1.5 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of Mrs H. Dresdner 2008
Accession number
40.2008
Location
Lower Asian gallery
Further information

A perforated disc serves as a playground for nine 'chi' dragons, or young or immature beasts, with the seven smaller figures apparently belonging to the same litter. The centre dragon sticks its head and upper body through the perforation. The incision of cloud patterns underneath the dragons adds to the sense of mystery. The 'bi' disc, which was believed to be an offering to heaven during the Bronze Age, was one of the most enduring ritual jades in ancient times with its use spanning the Neolithic period to late imperial China.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Exhibition history (2)

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012

Conversations 2014, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015