Jade Disk on Stand

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Often called Bi Disks, flat round jade disks with circular center holes—like this Jade Disk on Stand—date from China's Neolithic period (3400 – 2250 BCE). Though their original purpose is unknown, the disks are thought to have symbolized Heaven and were often buried with persons of high status. Later Jade disks were more ornately decorated. Our simple Jade Disk is presented on an iron stand. Made in China.

Museum Story

Our Freer Gallery of Art curates one of the world's most important collections of Asian art. Among its many artifacts are dozens of disks, known as Bi or ritual disks, which date from the late Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty. Many of these discs were a gift from Charles Lang Freer who also donated the Freer Gallery to the Smithsonian.


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15"h. x 10.6"w. x 4"d. Shipped together, the disk and stand are easy to assemble.