Lot 415. A white jade cicada carving, Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD); 2 1/4in (5.6 cm) long. Estimate US$ 1,500 - 1,800. Sold for US$ 2,040 (€ 1,677). Courtesy Bonhams.
Of flattened form, cut with sweeping strokes to form the winged insect, with simply delineated head and eyes, the underside with further horizontal strokes to highlight the lower abdomen and with traces of calcification.
Property from the Estate of Robert P. Youngman.
Note: For a similar white jade cicada see, J.J.Lally & Co. Chinese Archaic Jades and Bronzes from the estate of Professor Max Loehr and others, June 1993, no. 74.
Another from the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto is illustrated by Doris Dohrenwend, Homage to Heaven, Homage to Earth,Toronto, 1971, p.29.
Bonhams. Fine Chinese and Japanese Works of Art Part II, 14 Dec 2020, Los Angeles