- THE COLLECTION
- THE SPIRIT OF THE GALLERY
Funeral ritual object in nephrite jade of dark green colour representing a votive cicada which appears to still be embryonic.
The object is flat and thin and has the top of the body streaked with parallel geometric marks. We clearly see the location of the two eyes and the body is streaked with 5 deep parallel lines. Traces of white limestone patina. Visible signs of a handmade craftsmenship. Visible between the eyes, we see two holes in order for it to be worn as a pendant.
The cicada is one of the oldest symbols of China. It is it’s successive metamorphoses that has probably made it a symbol of resurrection and eternity. They are used to feeding on the morning dew which is also the drink of the immortals. These amulets were placed in the mouth of the dead, on the tongue