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  cicada as Chinese artefact

 

China

Being one of the longest living insects on the planet, the cicada (fig.) became a Chinese symbol of eternal youth, happiness and longevity.

 

Hence, it is often found depicted either incorporated in Chinese art or as an artefact in its own right, as these ones, carved from bone.

 

  cicada as Chinese artefact