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Belt hook: O.36-1946

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Current Location: In storage


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)


History note: Bought from Messrs. S. M. Franck, October 1926

Measurements and weight

Length: 11.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


1600 - 1800

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Accession number: O.36-1946
Primary reference Number: 167870
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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