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Jade Sapphire ornament in the shape of human head and snake body
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Spring and Autumn Period770-476B.C.

Unearthed at Guangshan,Henan

Diameter: 3.8cm

The pair of jades were made theshape of human head and snake body. They are thought as the imagesof Fuxi and Nuwa. Fuxi and Nuwa are the ancestors of human beingsin Chinese myths, and they are usually depicted as the figures ofhuman head and snake body. It is said that Fuxi taught people howto fish and hunt and created the Eight Diagrams; and Nuwa smeltstones to mend the sky and made human beings with clay.