One-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

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.

Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3000-ca. 2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimensions
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)
Geography
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz
Collection
Freer Study Collection
Accession Number
FSC-S-99
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Ceremonial object: cong

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), nephrite
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]

Notes

[1] Deed of Gift. Gift was accepted on November 26, 2000, before the death of Mrs. (Meyer) Lorentz on January 27, 2001.

Previous Owner(s)

Agnes E. Meyer 1887-1970
Elizabeth Meyer Lorentz 1913-2001

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.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Jades for Life and Death
Google Cultural Institute
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