Tube (cong)

Squared, hollow cylinder of the type ts’ung [cong] 琮; very narrow collar projecting at both ends; black and brown with earth colored areas and speckling; scratches on two sides; perforation obliquely bored and uneven; edges worn.

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Shang or Western Zhou dynasty, ca. 1600-ca. 771 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.8 × 5.8 × 5.5 cm (1 1/2 × 2 5/16 × 2 3/16 in) Diam (hole): 4.7 cm (1 13/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1917.75
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object

Keywords
China, nephrite, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), Western Zhou dynasty (ca. 1050 - 771 BCE)
Provenance

To 1917
Li Wenqing (late 19th-early 20th century), Shanghai, to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Li Wenqing, in New York, in 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 1162, pg. 266, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Voucher No. 18, December 1916.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Li Wenqing (C.L. Freer source) ca. 1869 - 1931

Description

Squared, hollow cylinder of the type ts’ung [cong] 琮; very narrow collar projecting at both ends; black and brown with earth colored areas and speckling; scratches on two sides; perforation obliquely bored and uneven; edges worn.

Acquired with a box, now lost.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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