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Eight-ton, 2,000-yr-old animal statue baffles

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:58 PM

A giant stone animal has been found at an excavation site in Chengdu, southwestern China, baffling archaeologists as to what it may be.

The mysterious rock beast was unearthed in the capital of Sichuan province today and is thought to be 2,000 years old.

The stone animal weighed in at 8.5 tons and at 10ft 10in long, 3ft 11in wide and 5ft 7in tall.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:06 AM


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:31 AM

The article suggests it's a panda, but I don't see any resemblance.
Some commentors suggested a hippo, even though hippos are nowhere near that region.

Looks more like a hippo than a panda, but who's to say the sculptor was even depicting a real animal.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:26 AM

Giant hyrax?

But let's hope no future archeologists finds one of Picasso's paintings.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:00 AM

I can see panda if I use my imagination. What ever it is though, it's still pretty cool.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

Looks like a Hippo to me.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:19 AM

A wild pig/boar is possible maybe a breed with  a wider than average snout which is now extinct.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:57 PM

I vote for pig too because it looks a lot like a pig and pigs had already been domesticated in China for 8,000 years at the time of this carving.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:05 PM

They really stylize their animal sculptures so who knows what it is.  A panda guess is as good as any.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:59 AM

View PostAbramelin, on 11 January 2013 - 05:26 AM, said:

Giant hyrax?

But let's hope no future archeologists finds one of Picasso's paintings.

Hey abe, look at the vitrification peeling off it! :rolleyes:

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:15 PM


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