A sphinx statue believed to be 1,000-years-old has been found in a tomb in northwest China. The statue, about 14 inches tall, has a human face and a lion’s body and is delicately carved from white marble, a rare material for that part of the world. The tomb is located along the Silk Road trade route.


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According to an epitaph, the tomb belonged to Chinese scholar Liu Jun and his wife, who lived during the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907). The sphinx statue was found alongside eight carvings depicting horses, camels, lions, and warriors. “The carvings had features from the west and are considered rare for ancient Chinese tombs during that period,” said Fan Jun, head of the excavation team.

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Around 30 tombs have been excavated in the region of Ningxia, about 700 miles west of Beijing, to make space for a new water plant. More than 150 funeral items, including bronze and iron wares, pottery and carvings, have been found so far.

Via The Daily Mail

Lead image via Xinhua.