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Chinese Neolithic Jade 'Pi' Disc

Lot 2143
3rd millennium BC. A nephrite jade pi ceremonial flat-section ring. See Rawson, J. Chinese Jade: From the Neolithic to the Qing, London, 1995. 94 grams, 73mm (3"). Property of a Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK collector; formerly in a Swiss collection; acquired Hong Kong in the 1980s. The exact purpose of these carefully made jade rings has never been established. They occur singly in wealthy burials, from the period of the Hongshan culture, about 3800 BC, where they are usually placed prominently on the stomach or chest. [No Reserve]

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Fine condition.

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Chinese Neolithic Jade 'Pi' Disc

Estimate £100 - £140May 25, 2018