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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.513
Title
Small Jade 'Bi' Disk
Other Titles
Alternate Title: pi
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
disk
Date
c. 4000 - c. 2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/204579
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Irregularly rounded, sturdy disk of a fine-grained, mottled dark brown stone
Dimensions
Diam. 10 x Thickness 0.9 cm (3 15/16 x 3/8 in.)
Weight 157 g
Published Text
Catalogue
Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Authors
Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
Publisher
Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)

Catalogue entry no. 7 by Max Loehr:

7 Small Pi Disk
Irregularly rounded, sturdy dish of a fine-grained, mottled dark brown stone. Segmental ledges on both sides of the unevenly thick disk are remains of the sawing process. The perforation, drilled from one side, is conical. The narrow end of the perforation has a rough, irregular edge, Neolithic(?).

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.513
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. no. 7, p. 37

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