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Painted Pottery Bi
Painted Pottery Plate and Ear Cups
Pottery Designs from the Western Han Dynasty 西汉 206 BC - 8 AD

The painted pottery bi is the large circle with a hole in its center standing in the corner of the display. A bi is a traditional luck object signifying unity and perfection. Children are given bi at birth to bring them a fortunate life. People wear jade bi to bring health and luck. The symbol is found in all sorts of different materials and sizes.

The plate and matching ear cups are also traditional designs. Ear cups are still made in China but mostly as decorative objects rather than as daily dishes.

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Last update: September 2013
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