One-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 3000-ca. 2250 BCE
  • Geography

    Lake Tai region, China
  • Material

    Jade (nephrite)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 2.9 x 8.1 x 8.1 cm (1 1/8 x 3 3/16 x 3 3/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Squared, hollow cylinder of the type ts'ung [cong] 琮; narrow projecting collar at both ends; mottled brown and tan, partially covered with cream coating that almost hides the decoration—channeled and incised, circles, bands of fine lines and grooves, traces of meander pattern.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970)
    Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz (1913-2001)
  • Provenance

    To 1970
    Agnes E. Meyer
    From 1970 to 2000
    Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz, by descent from Agnes E. Meyer
    From 2000
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz [1]
    [1] Deed of Gift. Gift was accepted on November 26, 2000, before the death of Mrs. (Meyer) Lorentz on January 27, 2001.
  • Origin

    Lake Tai region, China
  • Culture

    Liangzhu culture, ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
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