Cicada-Shaped Mouthpiece

Object Name: 
Cicada-Shaped Mouthpiece

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Object Name: 
Cicada-Shaped Mouthpiece
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Overall H: 5.3 cm, W: 3 cm
Not on Display
206 BC-220 AD
Web Description: 
Cicadas made from jade or glass were placed on the mouth of the corpse for burial during the Han Dynasty. Cicadas symbolize rebirth because they are resurrected every 13 or 17 years. Other openings on the body were also covered or plugged in order to protect the body from corruption.
Gump, R. B., Source
Primary Description: 
Cicada-Shaped Mouthpiece. Opaque white glass with tan patina, traces of red outlines; fashioned in stylized form of a flat cicada.
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 150, 250; BIB# 61154
Stained Glass: Jewels of Light (1988) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# 59584