Chinese Green Nephrite Celadon Jade Toggle Cicada Auspicious Symbol Buddhism

Chinese Green Nephrite Celadon Jade Toggle Cicada Auspicious Symbol Buddhism
Chinese Green Nephrite Celadon Jade Toggle Cicada Auspicious Symbol Buddhism

Chinese Green Nephrite Celadon Jade Toggle Cicada Auspicious Symbol Buddhism
Auctions is pleased to offer a fine antique Chinese Jade Nephrite Toggle depicting highly auspicious Cicada. While it is common knowledge that the Chinese have been master carvers of jade and other hard stone ritual and decorative objects since Neolithic times, and almost everyone interested in Asian art has knowledge of netsuke, relatively few people, however, are familiar with the Chinese equivalent of netsuke, the ubiquitous toggle. A toggle was used by the Chinese as counterweights on the cords of pipe bags and other small bags. Chinese clothes were not well provided with pockets, so that bags which could be suspended through the belt were useful articles of attire.

Wood and jade were the most commonly used materials to make toggles. The designs used could be plain and utilitarian or highly ornate with decorative symbols.

The motifs were very varied and were often drawn from Chinese legends and mythology. This beautiful and exquisitely carved "celadon" hued jade toggle depicts the highly auspicious Cicada. The ancient Chinese regarded cicadas as symbols of rebirth or immortality in much the same way as the early Egyptians thought of the sacred scarab. This unique toggle measures 1 inch in width by 0.50 inches in depth by 1.5 inches high (2.54 cm by 1.27 cm by 3.81 cm). It shows wear consistent with the late-19th or early 20th century, including tiny scratches and buffs commensurate with use from the period.

There is an old Chinese saying that goes Gold and silver are valuable, but jade is priceless. This superb piece would make a fine addition to any toggle collection, collection of jade or Scholar's library. Our goal is to bring the same experience and excitement of collecting that we have been delivering in-person to collectors across the Globe at Primitive in Chicago.

Every object we sell online has been carefully hand-selected with special attention to detail, quality, and significance.


Chinese Green Nephrite Celadon Jade Toggle Cicada Auspicious Symbol Buddhism