Pottery figurines of Chinese zodiac animal unearthed in GZ
2012-October-10 Source: english.gz.gov.cn
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Eight pottery figurines in the shape of Chinese zodiac animals were unearthed from a tomb of the Sui Dynasty (581-618 BC) found in Guangzhou Zoo, according to a recent report by Guangzhou Daily.

Ochre and about 17 - 19 centimeters high, these figurines are in a kneeling position. They are carved so exquisitely and are so intact that it takes no effort to tell which animals they are.

There are supposed to be 12 pieces, according to researchers of the excavation, but they are unaware why there are four missing.

This is the first time that zodiac animal figurines have been excavated in Guangzhou and the third time in the southern province of Guangdong.

Located to northeast of the city in ancient times, the area where Guangzhou Zoo now sits was originally one of Guangzhou's most popular burial sites. Several official archaeological excavations have been conducted there since 1956. 42 ancient tombs have been unearthed under the zoo so far and many precious buried objects have been found.

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