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A PALE GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE CONG
A PALE GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE CONG

SHANG-ZHOU DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM BC

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A PALE GREYISH-GREEN AND BROWN JADE CONG
SHANG-ZHOU DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM BC
With flat sides and a shallow collar at each end, the semi-translucent, pale greyish-green stone now has areas of brown and buff opaque alteration.
3 7/8 in. (9.7 cm.) high, box
Provenance
Tai Sing Co., Hong Kong, 20 November 1987.
Literature
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 38, no. 9.
Exhibited
Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 9.

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Plain cong of this type that appear to be made from similar stone were made in different sizes and with collars of different heights. One ( 8.7 cm. high) from Shaanxi province, dated possibly Neolithic or Shang period, c. 2000-1200 BC, is illustrated by J. Rawson in Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, 1995, p. 151, fig. 2. Two others in the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection are illustrated by M. Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1975, pp. 278-79, nos. 406 (7.5 cm. high) and 407 (5.5 cm. high). Both of these latter examples have similarly shallow collars and wide central opening.

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