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2006at6139 jpg l

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Acquired in 1936 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Rose Kerr, Chinese Art and Design, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1991, nr.6. Ming Wilson, 'Liangzhu Jades Rediscovered' in Oriental Art, Winter 1995/96, pp.2-8.
collection_code
EAS
credit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
date_end
date_start
date_text
ca. 3200 BC-2200 BC (made)
descriptive_line
Cylinder (cong)
dimensions
Height: 40.3 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
China, room 44
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
34439
label
Tube (cong) Stone Age About 2500 BC A cong is square in section with a round hole bored through its centre. Carved nephrite jade Liangzhu culture, south China Museum no. A.40-1936 [2007]
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:43:50.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:43:50.000Z
latitude
36.894451
location
China, room 44, case 8
longitude
104.165649
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Nephrite jade
museum_number
A.40-1936
museum_number_token
a401936
object_number
O39382
object_type
Cylinder
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true
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Opaque brown. A cong of 17 sections, drilled from both ends, the meeting point in the middle is no more than 3cm in diameter.
place
China
primary_image_id
2006AT6139
production_note
Liangzhu culture
production_type
public_access_description
A ‘cong’ is a jade cylinder that is square on the outside with a round perforation in the middle. The outside walls are usually divided into sections by horizontal cuts in the four corners. The height of ‘cong’ varies drastically, ranging from 49 cm to a mere 3 cm. Tall ‘cong’ were definitely more difficult to make than short ones. An ancient Chinese text called ‘Zhouli’ ('Rites of Zhou') states that the ‘cong’ was used as a sacrifice to the Earth. Archaeology has revealed that it served a ritual function in Neolithic times.
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rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
cylinder-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-2200
year_start
-3205