Cicada - ROM2012_13094_7



Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: China
Date: late 3rd Century BC-early 3rd Century AD
Period: Han dynasty
5.5 x 3.1 x 0.9 cm
Object number: 918.7.154
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionBecause of their periodical molting, cicadas were seen as a symbol of rebirth and eternal life. They are frequently found in Han tombs, often placed on the deceased's tongue. It is of translucent white "snow-flecked" jade polished to a high lustre. Stylized details are sharply rendered by deep bevel cutting. Its eyes stand out from bi-convex plaque as plastic spiral forms. Plain folded wing-tips and bevelled body end are sharply pointed. Head and thorax show superb decorative stylization, while on underside a concern for realism is still evident in the 9 delicately-incised body segment lines below the stylized beak motif. 玉质洁白,半透明,温润。整体椭圆形,双目凸出,头部、羽翅分明,尾部尖锐。通体打磨光润。此玉蝉线条明快、犀利,是典型的“汉八刀”玉蝉
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