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A PALE YELLOWISH OLIVE-WHITE JADE CICADA
HAN DYNASTY, 2ND-1ST CENTURY BC
Carved in antiquity from a fragment, the head, pronounced eyes, and wings of the thin cicada are formed by deep, wedge-shaped grooves on the top of the body, while the slightly concave flat underside retains the triangular and scroll designs of the earlier piece. The semi-translucent stone has some opaque, ivory-colored alteration.
2 ½ in. (6.3 cm.) long
Provenance
B. K. Wong, Hong Kong, 22 May 1990.
Literature
Nicole De Bisscop, Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Brussels, 1995, p. 77, no. 39.
Exhibited
Chinese Jade and Scroll Paintings from the Dongxi Collection, Kredietbank Gallery, Brussels, 25 October - 17 December 1995; Kredietbank Luxembourg, 1 February - 13 April 1996, no. 39.
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