Jade bi ring on black silk cord set with coral (3000-2100 BC)

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Archaic period nephrite jade Bi disc with an asymmetrical white alteration, carved with a pair of circling chi dragons. The Bi disc is suspended from a black silk cord gathered above the disc with a natural coral bead and fastened with a sterling silver lobster clasp. The surfaces have a finely etched border along the circumference of the disc. The dragons are a Chinese projection of power over the natural world and sign of good fortune. The ‘bi’ is a ritual object signifying the sun, although its exact meaning is unknown.

China, Archaic Period, 3000-2100 BC (Jade Bi)
American, 2019 (necklace assembly)

Materials: Nephrite Jade, Coral, Silk Cording, Sterling Silver

Dimensions: 2-1/4" W x 19" L

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