Amazing Qing Dynasty Jade Artwork

Aug 25, 2010 at 14:30 | Posted in Chinese Culture 中华文化, Culture | Leave a comment

Amazing Qing Dynasty Jade Artwork
August 25, 2010
By Song White

While translating for Antiquities, Plus…, I noticed a special fine jade artwork created back in China’s Qing Dynasty (1645-1911).

It is a standing jade dragon body with a cicada being its head. The Curator and Authenticator, Mr. David Fredericks, explained to me that its artist was to mock the then country’s ruler. The dragon is the ruler’s body and its head is a cicada! I know that there is a famous rule of imprisonment for writing in China’s history. This time, it’s a non-literal object. It’s an antique jade piece. This is the first time I saw a non-writing artwork that might also have caused the Chinese artist being persecuted in prior the modern time, Qing Dynasty in this case. The jade art is in the third photo from the top on

Qing Dynasty Parody Piece with Cicada Head on Dragon Body at Antiquities, Plus…

This reminds me of the current Chinese grass mud horse, an alpaca-like creature, and an example of something that, in China’s authoritarian system, conceived as an impish protest against censorship (The New York Times).

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