Cicada only drinks dew to survive. 飲而不食者,蟬也

 

 

Liangzhu Culture Jade Cicada 飲而不食者,蟬也–良渚文化玉蝉,W.8.3cm, L.17cm。本器之玉蝉造型底部扁平, 背部呈弧形凸起, 两个长方形的眼睛位于前方左右两侧, 颈部有一条以云气回旋纹与交叉平行阴线组成的纹饰, 蝉翼则以压地技法雕成的60度圆角曲线表示, 蝉翼尾部则呈现锯齿状.玉蝉背面中间为良渚文化典型神面纹. 本器之线条流畅, 刀工优美, 系良渚文化之精品。此外, 本器差异风化, 蚀孔. 冰裂纹,晶面曝露及增生晶体之迹象明显。.(插圖:

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u Culture,Jade Cicada W. 8.3cm, H.17cm, 560grams. With a flat back side, the cicada has two high relief rectangular eyes on each side of the head. A circular line with intersections design is at the neck. The wings are carved with 60 degree round curve by the technique of surface pressed down to show the raising effect. The tail is seen the shape of saw notches. The typical deity face motif of Liangzhu culture is seen on  the back.  With streamline carving and mastery workmanship, this cicada is one of the masterpiece of Liangzhu jade. Antiquity evidences include differential weathering, additive crystal, exposed crystal plane and dissolved pits.(Illustration: Cicada on willow tree by Jiang Tingxi , Qing Dynasty, Collection of Palace Museum)

Appraisal Indexes:

  1. quality of jade: 8
  2. rareness: 10
  3. historical and cultural significance: 9
  4. workmanship: 10
  5. size:7
  6. condition: 10