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Collection:
National Palace English
Work ID:
M01C00100
Title:
Jade cong
Creation Date:
Late Neolithic Period
Start Year Date:
B.C.3200
End Year Date:
B.C.2200
Culture:
Liangzhu culture
Creation Place:
China
Measurements:
Height: 8.2 cm; Width(top): 6.4~6.5cm; Width (bottom): 6.35 cm; Diameter (hole): 5.5 cm
Material:
Jade
Form:
Cong (jade cong)
Type:
Jades and Other Precious Stones
Repository:
The National Palace Museum, Taipei
Description:
Jade cong of Liangzhu culture are usually top heavy. The corners are the central areas with decorative patterns on the sides. A cong is divided into sections, and each consists of four turning corners, which indicate four masks. The number of sections varies from cong to cong, and sections with big-eyed masks often alternate with those with small-eyed masks. In this culture, small-eyed masks signify god and ancestors while large-eyed masks resemble divine animals. The coexistence of both masks stands for the unification of god, ancestors, and divine animals, and it reveals the religious ideology of Liangzhu culture.
ImageV ID:
M01C00100AS002
Rights:
Lee & Lee Communications

Jade cong