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Jade Cong Tube

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Hollowed jade tubes like these are called cong (tsong), and they were used as grave goods during the Neolithic period (c. 8000-1900 BC) in China. They come in many sizes but each is a square tube around a circular hole. Although it is not known what they symbolized originally, scholars since ancient times have theorized that the inner circle represents heaven, and the outer square represents earth.

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  • Title: Jade Cong Tube
  • Location: China
  • Type: Artefact
  • Contributor: John Weinstein : The Field Museum of Natural History
  • Rights: (c) Field Museum of Natural History - CC BY-NC

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