c. 1600–1046 BC
Overall: 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1915.630
The Interior cavity of this piece of jade was bored from both ends, making an irregular ridge near the center.
The cong, a cylindrical tube with a square outer section, was one of the most impressive jade implements used in ancient rites. The ritual text Rites of Zhou mentions the use of the cong for the worship of the earth. However, its function and meaning in the earlier Neolithic societies are not completely understood.
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