AN ARCHAIC WHITE JADE CONG
Shang Dynasty - Zhou Dynasty (CA. BC 1523 - BC 256)
L: 8.6 cm
Shang and Zhou dynasties (BC1523-BC256) were heavily influenced by the Huaxi cultures. Despite the diminishing popularity of the bi disc and cong ritual, such cong could still be found. This suggests that some scholars still upheld their ancestral traditions. As we look back to the 7000 years of history, Qijia culture, Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties were only roughly mentioned with very little understanding. Culture and histories are lost. Given the limited resources, historians of the Shang and Zhou period would have a much harder time to trace their past cultures. Stories and rituals would have been passed by mouth and painstakingly recorded in the Rites of Zhou. Such records would not have retained without concerted respect towards our ancestry. Under this hypothesis, this white jade cong could be regarded as a rare relic as it passed down the centuries.
An adage goes, white jade does not need embellishments, while a beautiful pearl does not need to be praised. This white jade is lucent in white with russet inclusions. In the modern aesthetic standards, its elegant form, lucent quality and soft texture delight the senses of a collector elevating their modern aesthetic lifestyles through its historical significance.
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Ravenel Spring Auction 2021 Taipei
Saturday, July 17, 2021, 12:00am