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Pi Disc


Artist Unknown (China)


1100-771 B.C.

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G215
Pi Disc, Artist Unknown (China)
: Carved Jades of Shang and Chou
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Jade (Do Not Use) | Mottled green jade with brown marks
Size: 11 3/8 x 1/8 in. (28.89 x 0.32 cm) (outer diameter)2 1/4 x 1/8 in. (5.72 x 0.32 cm) (inner diameter)
Creation Place: Asia, China
Culture: Asia, China
Style: 11th-8th century B.C., Early Western Chou dynasty
Physical Description: Mottled green jade with brown marks, damaged along edge. Used in imperial services for the worship of Heaven, used as emblems of rank and tokens of friendship.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Alfred F. Pillsbury
Accession Number: 50.46.378
Added to Site: February 28, 2009