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Important Neolithic Chinese Jade Cong

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Important Neolithic Chinese Jade CongA 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 with small central hole, a very fine pre-dynastic ceremonial cong. Of very nice form and rare yellow color, of native nephrite jade, very crisp and detailed face carvings, seven vertically down each of its two ends. So, 14 heads in total, each with well defined eyes, nose and mouth, each head occupying two registers being topped with a horizontally linear crown. This is tall and narrow, it rests with small end down, an important archaic ceremonial piece, they know not the exact context or use. A very rare and fine deep yellow nephrite jade with excellent brown to tan burial encrustation and 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 rounded corners, a rectangular form, 7.3/8" tall x 2 1/16" at its widest, x 1" in vertical ascending thickness. 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.

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Important Neolithic Chinese Jade Cong

Estimate $3,000 - $7,000Sep 08