A bi of similar spiral decoration, in the Hubei Provincial Museum, is illustrated in Zhongguo yuqi quanji, vol. 3, Shijiazhuang, 1993, pl. 261, together with another related bi, pl. 262.
Bi shapes with wide central apertures are known from as early as the Neolithic period, and in Chinese literature the term bi is mentioned in the Zhou li (Rites of Zhou) of the 2nd century B.C. where it symbolises Heaven.
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