Important Neolithic Chinese Jade Cong
A superb and important neolithic Chinese jade cong from the Longshan culture of northeast China, 3rd. millennium B.C. a very finely carved and finished, the scarce tall and elongated type, a very fine pre-dynastic ceremonial cong. Of very nice form and good color, of native nephrite jade, very crisp and detailed face carvings, three vertically down each of its four ends. So 12 heads in total, each with well defined eyes, nose and mouth. An important archaic ceremonial piece, they know not the exact context or use. A very good nephrite jade with excellent brown to tan mottling, the central hole with its obvious bow drilling, wider at ends down to narrower at its central mid meeting point. An important archaic jade, one of the very finest.. With squared corners, 4 3/4" tall x 3" at its widest. Superb natural untouched excavated condition. Among a number of the late neolithic, pre-dynastic ceremonial jades here, blades, cong and bi and a few sword fittings, that would now be in mostly one museum in China, ..if, back about 25 plus years ago, certain high officials were not allowed 'shopping' among museum collections, held or gathered, and if, such person(s) did not enjoy diplomatic immunity, diplomatic pouches and constant travel between countries.