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The ancients used jade as the “six tools” to salute the four directions of heaven and earth. Due to the belief that the sky was round and blue in color, they used Cangbi to salute the sky. Jade Bi is generally in the shape of round plate, sheet, and hole in the middle. In ancient times, the length of use and variety of Bi are incomparable with other jades. From the Neolithic to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, jade Bi has never ceased to exist. As an important ritual tool, jade jade became an important artifact for communication between human beings and gods in ancient History of China.
If you want to say the most famous jade jade, you have to mention “Mr. He’s jade”. The legend of Mr. He’s jade has been talked about for thousands of years, and the myths of Bian He’s three national treasures, the 15 cities of the King of Qin, Lin Xiangru’s return to Zhao, and the passing of the imperial seal are almost well-known. According to experts, from the story of Qin Shi Huang making imperial seals with Mr. He’s jade, Mr. He’s jade should be significantly different from the conventional cultural relics unearthed, at least in appearance. According to preliminary calculation, the thickness of Mr. He’s jade is at least 10 cm, which is not the annular jade worn by the ancient Confucian scholars. It is even likely that Mr. He’s jade is just a rough rough jade.
Due to the fact that jade carvings are mostly found in archaeological excavations, ancient jade carvings from Gao Gu have not entered the field of circulation. Auction experts have stated that due to the relevant legal restrictions on cultural relics auction in China, all unearthed cultural relics cannot be auctioned. Even cultural relics that have been passed down from generation to generation are not allowed to be auctioned off without sufficient evidence to prove that they have been passed down in an orderly manner. Therefore, it is very difficult to trade high antique jade in China. According to auction data, the top few jade pieces occupying the transaction price are all Qing Dynasty antique jade pieces. For example, in the autumn of 2013, Beijing Poly sold a Qing Dynasty Qianlong White Jade Panlong Twelve Chapters Guibi for 15.525 million yuan, in the spring of 2010, Beijing Hanhai sold a Qing Dynasty Qianlong Yellow Jade Outer Outline Bi for 14.56 million yuan, and in the autumn of 2011, Beijing JD.com sold a Qing Dynasty Qianlong Imperial White Jade Carving Imitation Stone Grain Wen Ji Li Bi for 12.65 million yuan.
The data on the auction floor may reflect the current market situation of high ancient jade artifacts such as jade Bi from one aspect. Legal restrictions are certainly one aspect, and the preferences of collectors cannot be ignored. At present, many collectors are more concerned about jade materials and Ming and Qing jades, and some feel that high ancient jades lack aesthetic appeal due to aesthetic considerations. In addition, the high profits of ancient jades have led to increasingly innovative methods of counterfeiting, making collectors easily afraid to purchase them.
However, in the long run, the actual value of high antique jade is severely inverted from the current market situation, and there is great market potential in the future. After all, ancient jade has more cultural connotations, witnessing the development process of history, and reflecting the spiritual life of different eras in the ritual society. Industry insiders have stated that although the collection of high antique jade in China is currently niche, there are also relatively professional collectors with fixed customer resources. This is a collection that requires knowledge and cultivation skills, and it may be more about the pursuit of culture than the purpose of investment.