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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.50.144
Title
Tall Jade 'Cong'
Other Titles
Alternate Title: ts'ung
Classification
Ritual Implements
Work Type
prism
Date
c. 3300 - c. 2000 BCE
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Neolithic period, Liangzhu culture, c. 3300-2200 BCE
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/205199
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bluish green and gray nephrite with buff markings
Dimensions
H. 24.7 x W. 6.5 x D. 7.3 cm (9 3/4 x 2 9/16 x 2 7/8 in.)
Weight 2832 g
Technical Details

Technical Observations:



Raman Spectroscopy

Raman was performed by Katherine Eremin, and the object was identified as nephrite.

Published Text
Catalogue
Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
Authors
Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
Publisher
Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)

Catalogue entry no. 358 by Max Loehr:

358 Tall Ts’ung
Slightly tapering, square prism with a thick-walled tubular projection at either end, carve of bluish green and gray stone with buff markings. Straight vertical channels separate eight superimposed units of décor. These units, each of which is divided into two symmetrical halves meeting at 90-degree angles, cover the corners of the prism. Each unit consists of two bands, separated by a narrow, horizontal channel. The wider, upper band is decorated with two incised horizontal lines; two sets of concentric circles on either side of the triangular motif, the lower angles of which end in hooks; and, just beneath this triangle, three short horizontal lines. The lower band is decorated by three horizontal grooves. The corners are worked off carefully, so that the outer wall of the tube is perfectly round. The perforation was drilled from both ends, resulting in an overlap that was not ground smooth. Eastern Chou.

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.50.144
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. no. 358, p. 240

Exhibition History

Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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