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Handcrafted Translucent Heavenly White Stone Bi Display Indoors or In Gardens

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Here's another beautiful and unique way to accent your indoor or outdoor garden space with this treasure! Our handmade stone garden bi was developed for our clients, crafted in onyx, who love brilliant color, universal form and want something unique and exciting to add to their indoor or outdoor garden space! Its transparency allows it to shine brilliantly on any sunny day! Includes Our Certificate of Authenticity Dimensions: 8.25 inches diameter and 10.25 inches high on stand. We include a complimentary custom wooden easel display base. Our exclusive translucent stone design was inspired by and based upon China's ancient and historical Ancient bi which were hand abraided from blocks of jade some 5000 years ago. Bi are thought to represent symbols of heaven and were used in ancient rituals. To worship heaven with a bi explains their importance and use. Bi also symbolize wealth status of high social rank and are often called heavenly objects. See more information following. Our translucent stone bi is hand-turned from solid onyx, in a brilliant, semi translucent color. Each bi takes many days of hand turning to reach its smooth and superb round form. We then provide a wooden easel which offers stability, eye appealing display and offers you a choice to display in your garden or special indoor area. No two are alike. Dimensions: Bi is 8.25 inches diameter and total height including easel is 10.25 inches high. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity: All of our Asian works of art come with our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee. History: Flat jade discs with a round central hole -bi- are among the earliest surviving artifacts of China and must be considered among great ancient art forms- masterpieces of the Neolithic period. Nephrite jade from which discs were fashioned is a prime hard and strong stone, arduous to work by hand using Primitive stone tools and abrasives. It's no wonder then that jade discs bi represent remarkable craftsmanship. While all theories presented to date are speculative, we can forward one Based Upon the warring states Zhou Li that are thought to represent symbols of heaven and were used in ancient rituals together with square tubes and cong symbolizing the earth. To worship heaven with a bi explains their importance and use. Bi; also symbolize status of high social rank and sheds light on why many carved jades have been found in Zhou royal tombs. They are prominently found in varied qualities, quantities and sizes. Their ritual prominence stretches from the most ancient of Chinese history- Hongshan/Liangzhou/Longshan (4700-2190 BCE)/ Qi Jia cultures and on to the Zhou dynasty (3000-250 BCE) onwards. Today jade bi are emblematic of power, status and privileged classes and offer more complex, varied meaning. Please refer to these excellent publications: Jessica Rawson,Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing exhibition catalogue. The British Museum, London, 1995, pp 13ff, and Section 4. And also Radiant Stones Archaic Chinese Jades, the Myrna and Samurai Myers collection 2000 curated by Filippo Salviati, PhD, entry 14, Bi Disc.

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  • Dimensions
    H 10.25 in. x W 8.25 in. x D .25 in.H 26.04 cm x W 20.96 cm x D 6.35 mm
  • Seller Location
    Shelburne, VT
  • Reference Number
    LU128928836283
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