London, South Kensington
15 May 2009
A GREYISH CELADON JADE CONG, 17TH CENTURY
of squat and typical squared cylindrical form, probably later incised to one flat edge with an inscription reading 'May you, honored sir, enjoy great good fortune. To you, and your descendants, be glory for ever and ever.' Fourth year of Chongzhen (1631AD), Zi Gang -- 4in. (10.2cm.) wide.
S. Howard Hansford, Jade - Essence of Hills and Streams, Johannesburg, 1969, no. E4, p. 180.
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The Signature refers to Lu Zi Gang, a legendary carver of the Ming Dynasty and is not thought to be original to the piece.
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