Two cicadas in nephrite jade, one in celadon jade with its upper part exploiting a natural vein of russet jade, Ming dynasty L: 4.8 cm, weight 40 g; the other, in celadon and black jade with a later lacquered wooden base, Qing dynasty, L: 5.5 cm, weight 39g. Base length 8.5 cm
Jade cicadas were in ancient China placed in the graves of members of the wealthy elite to allow the deceased to speak in the afterlife. Note the significant stylistic difference between these two cicadas, one coming from the style in force from the Han to the Ming for jade burial cicadas, the other more naturalistic obviously carved in the middle of the Qing dynasty.
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