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Chinese Hongshan Carved Figural Totem


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Chinese Hongshan Carved Figural Totem

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This fascinating stone carving bears a Hong Shan dragon and bird facing each other nose to nose on one side and a pig dragon on the back of a water dragon's tail.
SKU: si92-49
  • Product Size:
  • 2.5" L x 1.5" H x 0.75" W

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A pig dragon or zhulong in Chinese, is a type of artifact from neolithic China. Zhulong are zoomorphic forms with pig-like heads and elongated limbless bodies coiled around to the heads in the manner of an ouroboros. Early pig dragons are thick and stubby; later examples have more graceful, snakelike bodies. Pig dragons were produced by the Hongshan culture, and often featured as grave goods. Pig bones have been found interred alongside humans at Hongshan burial sites, suggesting the animal had some ritual significance. There is some speculation that the pig dragon is the first representation of the Chinese dragon. The character for dragon in the earliest Chinese writing has a similar coiled form, as do later jade dragon amulets from the Shang period.