Liangzhu 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.

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

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