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Chinese jade belt hook carved as a praying mantis and cicada

Image attached to O.36-1946

An image of Belt hook/dai gou. Opaque white jade with grey line inclusions. The body decorated with a cicada with a phoenix motif on its wings. The hook terminates with a praying mantis with prominent eyes. The topic of this carving refers to the well-known proverb: When the praying mantis is (intent on) catching the cicada, it fails to notice that the yellow bird is behind (waiting to catch the praying mantis). Nephrite, length 11.1 cm,1600-1800, Chinese.

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Belt hook/dai gou. Opaque white jade with grey line inclusions. The body decorated with a cicada with a phoenix motif on its wings. The hook terminates with a praying mantis with prominent eyes. The topic of this carving refers to the well-known proverb: When the praying mantis is (intent on) catching the cicada, it fails to notice that the yellow bird is behind (waiting to catch the praying mantis). Nephrite, length 11.1 cm,1600-1800, Chinese.

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  • Accession Number: O.36-1946
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/29.0
  • Focal length: 100
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 539 pixels
  • Image width: 1024 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 288.81kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 29/1
  • Captured: 2007:11:24 17:03:33

Key words

17th Century 18th Century AD belt clasp belt hook carved Chinese cicada dai gou decorated decoration decorative Fitz_AA insects jade nephrite ornament praying mantis

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