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Title

Tongue amulet of a cicada


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Thought to prevent the entry of evil or destructive influences, jades have also served an important burial function. Particularly during the Han dynasty, jades in various forms were placed in the mouth, hands, ears, nostrils and other orifices of the deceased. Tongue amulets were typically made in the shape of a cicada, perhaps because the life cycle of the cicada was seen as symbolic of renewed life. This tongue amulet is however carved in a rare abstract form, only its shape is reminiscent of a cicada.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2007.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Media category

Jade


Materials used

greyish-white jade with stains of red pigment


Dimensions

4.4 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm


Credit

Gift of Mary and Henry Fung 2007


Accession number

360.2007



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history