Meaning of Bi
Chinese Bi On Burl Stand represents the ancient Chinese object to aid passage to eternity. I hope you have a Zen experience seeing this and not hunger pangs for a donut. This style Chinese Bi can be seen in major museum collections. Usually they are either precious stone or Jade. They first appear in 2000-5000 BC as a ritual burial function for Chinese Royalty. There is conflicting information on their exact purpose. The story that I like best is that they are symbols of the heaven and sun and ward off evil allowing the passage of a spirit.
It is not often that I find wood with such gorgeous patterns. The Bi is Maple Burl with unusual markings created from spalting. Instead of using this wood for a utilitarian item like a bowl it had a higher calling like a Bi. The stand is maple Burl with a natural edge top. I connect the components with a brass rod. In modern society this item will bring you comfort and help you relax. During my trips to China I see Bi’s selling everywhere, but mostly as a necklace pendant. My signature is on base.
If you like this Chinese Bi On Burl Stand you should check out my other sculptures like Big Bang Theory Wood Art
If you are in the need for a special gift and do not see something on the website and you have some time I do have an Etsy store with plenty of unique items.
I design and produce all items in my Montvale, New Jersey, USA studio.