Cicadas: 蝉, 知了. What does Chinese cicada painting mean? Cicada had a high position in the minds of the ancients, and had always been regarded as a symbol of purity and channeling. Cicadas symbolize resurrection and eternal life. The same "Zen" comes from Buddhism, so it's called "cicada". The image of cicada larva was first seen on the bronze wares of the Shang Dynasty in 2000 BC. From the late Zhou Dynasty to the funeral of the Han Dynasty, people always put a jade cicada in the mouth of the dead for protection and eternal life. It is believed that cicadas live on dew, so it is a symbol of purity. The ancients believed that cicadas were of high and clean nature. According to the biography of Jiasheng in the records of history, the cicadas degenerated in the turbid and filthy environment and floated in the dust Cicadas lived in muddy water until they finally shelled and became adults. When they shelled and became cicadas, they flew to tall trees and drank only dew, which could be called sludge without pollution. Therefore, the ancients highly praised them. Since the Han Dynasty, the emergence of cicadas has been used as a metaphor for the rebirth of human beings. Cicadas are the most common insects in ancient jade carvings. In the eyes of the ancients, cicadas are clean, reborn and transformed. These appearance characteristics are in line with the ancients' simple desire to pursue purity, immortality and rebirth. Therefore, it is not surprising that cicada shaped jade carvings and jade ornaments appear in a large number of ancient ornaments. Jade cicadas are often used for ornaments and crowns. We have many Chinese cicada paintings that can be mailed to you directly from the artists. We will save you 50% compare the price you get from your local store. You can also contact us and send requests to personalize your paintings.