Tube (cong 琮)

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Cong; hollow with rectangular body and circular ends; marbled green color. (Top section broken off and rejoined, surface of repair has cement-like adhesion; surface of jade pitted, nicked, hairline cracks; corners have chips; some areas have flecks of silvery or quartz-like element.)

Maker(s)
Artist: Sanxingdui culture 三星堆 (ca. 2000 - ca. 1000 BCE)
Historical period(s)
Anyang period, Late Neolithic period, ca. 2000-1000 BCE
Medium
Jade
Dimensions
H x W x D: 32 × 11.9 × 11.8 cm (12 5/8 × 4 11/16 × 4 5/8 in) Diam (hole): 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Sichuan province
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.467
On View Location
Smithsonian Castle, Commons Room
Classification(s)
Ceremonial Object, Jade
Type

Tube

Keywords
China, Late Neolithic period (ca. 5000 - ca. 1700 BCE), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1959
Abel William Bahr (1877-1959), Shanghai, China, London, England, Montreal, Canada, New York, NY, and Ridgefield, Connecticut [1]

From 1963 to 1987
Arthur M. Sackler, New York, purchased from the Bahr Collection in 1963 [2]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler on September 11, 1987 [3]

Notes:

[1] According to information provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009.

[2] See #158: "All jade? Grey-brown with reddish-brown and green markings. Plain surface. Has been broken in two and mended," on list provided by the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, October 9, 2009, copy in object file.

[3] Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.

Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987
Abel William Bahr 1877-1959

Description

Cong; hollow with rectangular body and circular ends; marbled green color. (Top section broken off and rejoined, surface of repair has cement-like adhesion; surface of jade pitted, nicked, hairline cracks; corners have chips; some areas have flecks of silvery or quartz-like element.)

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

Copyright with museum

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