Okimono cicada

Okimono of a cicada in bronze with dark brown patina

The cicada (semi, セミ or 蝉) is very popular in Japan. Symbol of summer, there is also a belief that the insect has divinatory abilities. The fact that cicadas do not sing is a sign of bad omen. For example, during the earthquake of 1923 in Tokyo, cicadas did not sing at all.

Japan, Shôwa era (1926-1989)
Length: 5 cm (1.97 inch) – Width: 3.4 cm (1.34 inch)