- Museum number
Collared disc - bi of semi-translucent yellow jade with light brown inclusions finished to a good gloss.
- Production date
- 15thC BC-10thC BC
Diameter: 8.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This piece illustrates several features that define the type, but that do not always all occur together. The disc is very thin and beautifully polished; it has concentric grooves, and there is a narrow upstanding flange or collar extending 4 or 5 mm either side of the level of the ring. The central hole is wide relative to the narrow ring. Finely worked collared discs are found both at Anyang in Fuj Hao’s tomb and at several other Anyang period tombs. As mentioned above, similar pieces occur in the south-west, at Sichuan Guanghan Sanxingdui. The present disc bears a close resemblance to one of these south-western pieces and seems unlikely to have been made at Anyang. Its very thinly worked surfaces are not characteristic of Shang works. See Rawson 1995, p.165, cat.no.9.1.
The thinly-worked disc with a flange or collar projecting from the inner rim has fine circular grooves on both sides of the bi. Shang. Diameter 87mm.
- On display (G33b/dc7)
- Exhibition history
2002, BM, 'Chinese Jade'
Previous loan number: 2014,AsiaLoan.137
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 353 (Hotung database number)