- Gallery Text
During the Warring States and Han periods, jades functioned not only as ritual and burial items, but also as objects of personal adornment for the living. Other luxury materials, such as gold, bronze, and glass began to be incorporated with jades with greater frequency.
- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Jade Cicada with Patches of Gold Foil
- Ritual Implements
- Work Type
- 1st century BCE-1st century CE
- Creation Place: East Asia, China
- Han dynasty, 206 BCE-220 CE
- Persistent Link
Level 1, Room 1740, Early Chinese Art, Arts of Ancient China from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
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- Physical Descriptions
- Polished, originally light bluish nephrite, largely discolored and softened
- H. 6.4 x W. 2.8 x Thickness 1 cm (2 1/2 x 1 1/8 x 3/8 in.)
Weight 27 g
- [Yamanaka & Co., New York, January 7, 1941] sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York (1941-1943), bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
- Published Text
- Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
- Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber
- Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975)
Catalogue entry no. 567 by Max Loehr:
567 Cicada with Patches of Gold Foil
Biconvex piece of a highly polished, originally light bluish jade, now largely discolored and softened. The silhouette of the insect is slightly more compact and smooth than in the case of the two preceding specimens (Nos. 565, 566), and the wing tips are shortened. The corners of the wings are embellished with four triangular patches of gold foil. Probably Eastern Han.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Publication History
Max Loehr and Louisa G. Fitzgerald Huber, Ancient Chinese Jades from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1975), cat. no. 567, p. 393
- Exhibition History
32Q: 1740 Early China I, Harvard Art Museums, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
- Subjects and Contexts
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