Late Neolithic Chinese jade tube form that has a squared exterior surface and a round hollow interior. They are usually decorated at the corners with facial features, sometimes abbreviated to concentric circles or eye-like shapes, and embellished with incised horizontal bars on the planar surfaces. Found at burial sites, their purpose remains unknown.

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Late Neolithic Chinese jade or stone tubes having a squared exterior surface and a round, hollow interior. They are usually decorated at the corners with facial features, sometimes abbreviated to concentric circles or eye-like shapes, and embellished with incised horizontal bars on the planar surfaces. An ancient Chinese text called 'The Rites of Zhou' states that the cong was used as a sacrifice to the earth.

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Cong
Date Published
December 12, 2012
Last Updated
April 22, 2021