• Ten-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks
  • Ten-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks
  • Ten-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

Ten-tier tube (cong 琮) with masks

Classification
Ceremonial Object
Maker(s)
Artist: Liangzhu culture 良渚 (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Late Neolithic period, ca. 3300-2250 BCE
Object Date
ca. 3300-2250 BCE
Medium
Jade (nephrite)
Dimension(s)
H x W x D: 29.1 x 7.9 x 7.7 cm (11 7/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/16 in)
Origin
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.887
人面紋十節琮
新石器時代晚期良渚文化 (公元前3300--2250年)
中國太湖地區
軟玉
高29.1、寬7.9、厚7.7 釐米;孔徑6.2 釐米
阿瑟·米切爾·賽克勒贈送
器物編號:S1987.887
On View Location
Currently not on view
Provenance
Previous owner(s)
C.T. Loo Chinese Art (1953 - 1961)
Frank Caro (1904-1980)
Diedrich Abbes (1866-1959)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
Description
This slightly tapering jade prism, or cong 琮, is square with a thick-walled, slightly recessed projection at either end. Straight vertical channels separate ten superimposed decorative units. These units, each of which is divided into two symmetrical halves that meet at the corners, consist of two bands, separated by a narrow horizontal channel. The wider, upper band is decorated with horizontal lines and the two concentric circles that can be read as “eyes.” The lower, narrower band can be interpreted as a nose. The central perforation, which was drilled from both ends, does not join perfectly.
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