• 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

Ceremonial Object
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
Jade (nephrite)
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)
China, Lake Tai region
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
新石器時代晚期良渚文化 (公元前3300--2250年)
高29.1、寬7.9、厚7.7 釐米;孔徑6.2 釐米
On View Location
Currently not on view
Previous owner(s)
C.T. Loo Chinese Art (1953-1961)
Frank Caro (1904-1980)
Diedrich Abbes (1866-1959)
Dr. Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987)
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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