16. M5005



Chinese jade cong of archaic style with flat rim and raised oval foot rim, the sides sub-divided into ten horizontal divisions, each facet with five pairs of incised rings imitating eyes.

The stone pale celadon with natural markings.

4 ¼ inches, 10.8 cm high.

Ming/Qing dynasty, 17th century.

Wood stand.


One corner nick, natural flaw and marks.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • Sold by Louis Joseph, 28 Knightsbridge, London, 1960-1985, by repute.
  • The cong is originally a Liangzhu culture piece from the Neolithic period, circa 2500 BCE. They are recorded as being in many sizes. They were mostly discovered in tombs and were copied throughout Chinese history. Two in the British Museum are illustrated by Jessica Rawson in Chinese Jades from the Neolithic to the Qing, nos. 3:5 & 3:6, pp. 128/9; another, from the Bei Shan Tang Collection was included by Ip Yee in Chinese Jade Carving, an exhibition jointly presented by the Urban Council, Hong Kong, and the Min Chiu Society, organised by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1983, no. 1, pp. 42/3; other congs usually dated to the Western or Eastern Zhou periods are slightly tapered, with four illustrated by Max Loehr in Ancient Chinese Jades, from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, nos. 358-361, pp. 240-243.
  • Two ancient examples from the Qing Court Collection are illustrated by Zhou Nanquan in Jadeware (I), The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, nos. 32 & 33, pp. 37-39.
  • A Ming example is illustrated by Zheng Xinmiao in Compendium of Collections in the Palace Museum, Beijing, 7, collection no. Gu 86515, no. 2, p. 23.