Tortoise

Chinese


Tortoise, 206 BCE–8 CE, Western Han Dynasty

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Clay

Dimensions: 8 × 11 × 21 in. (20.3 × 27.9 × 53.3 cm)

Gift of Barry Fitzmorris, 2011.246

In ancient China, the tortoise and the snake were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolizing longevity. During the Han Dynasty, people often wore jade pendants that were in the shape of tortoises.

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