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Title

Disc (bi) with dragons (chi)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

Bi disc decorated with dragons


Place where the work was made

China


Media category

Jade


Materials used

jade


Dimensions

15.0 cm x 1.5 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Gift of Mrs H. Dresdner 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

40.2008



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history