Cicada - ROM2005_3479_1



Medium:Worked and polished jade
Geography: Reportedly from northern Henan province, China
Date: 3rd century BC - 3rd century AD
Period: Western Zhou Dynasty
3.6 x 1.4 x 1 cm
Object number: 931.13.42
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionReported found from northern Henan province, this jade cicada is made on mottled green-brown stone that is almost wholly buff-coloured due to calcification. The three-dimensional insect has projecting eyes, striated "collar", incised body segments, and facet-folded wings delicately incised with longitudinal and transverse lines. The underside curves are upward toward the tip at he back, as it does in the actual insect. The decorative lines also show an incised beak, legs and body segments. Its biconical perforation is through the whole body for stringing. 蝉形玉佩 汉 长 3.6、宽 1.4、厚 1厘米 玉质灰白色,有黑、褐色杂质。圆雕,头大、尾尖,双目凸出,阴刻出头部、羽翅,颈部一道扭丝纹。通体磨光,中部一孔贯通,可以穿绳佩带。(Gu Fang)
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