An image of Perforated bi disc with chi dragons

Unknown Artist

Perforated bi disc with chi dragons

Other titles:
Bi disc decorated with dragons
Location
Not on display
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

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Kangxi 1662–1722
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Yongzheng 1723–1735
Media
Jade
Medium
jade
Dimensions
15.0 cm x 1.5 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Mrs H. Dresdner 2008
Accession number
40.2008