Neolithic Chinese ceremonial object in the form of a disc with a hole in the center. Usually made from jade and found at burial sites. There is much speculation on the function of these objects, though they are generally thought to represent the heavens, or the sun.

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Neolithic Chinese objects in the form of a flat disk with a hole in the center. The term bi is applied to wide disks with proportionately small central holes, made from jade or other stone, and found at burial sites. There is much speculation on the function of these objects, though they are generally thought to represent the heavens or the sun. Bi have continued to be used as a form of regalia and as decorative objects well into the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Bi
Date Published
December 12, 2012
Last Updated
April 22, 2021