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Top 10 masterpieces inside the National Museum of China

(China.org.cn)

09:27, August 27, 2012

Top 10: Jade dragon (file photo)

Height: 26.3cm

Width: 29.3cm

Weight: 1000g

Time: Neolithic, Hongshan Culture (6000-5000 BC)

Excavated in 1971 from Ongniud Banner of Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the jade is known as "The First Dragon of China" as it is the earliest and one of the most splendid of jade carvings. The distinctive shape of the dragon in a reverse C, featuring a long extended snout, small head and upturned nose with a flat end and two nostrils, is quite remarkable and the vivid engravings astonish people to this day.

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