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Two nephrite jade cicadas, Ming and Qing dynasty
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Ref : 89321
3 000 €
Period :
18th century
Provenance :
China
Medium :
Nephrite jade
Dimensions :
L. 2.17 inch
Weight :
40 Kg
Asian Works of Art  - Two nephrite jade cicadas, Ming and Qing dynasty 18th century - Two nephrite jade cicadas, Ming and Qing dynasty  - Two nephrite jade cicadas, Ming and Qing dynasty Antiquités - Two nephrite jade cicadas, Ming and Qing dynasty
Alexandre Hougron

Asian Art


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Two nephrite jade cicadas, Ming and Qing dynasty

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.

Alexandre Hougron

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Asian Works of Art