This is believed to be a 5,200-year-old stone carving of a silkworm cocoon. Photo: Provincial archaeology institute of Shanxi
This is believed to be a 5,200-year-old stone carving of a silkworm cocoon. Photo: Provincial archaeology institute of Shanxi

A 5,200-year-old stone-carved chrysalis provides window into the earliest days of Chinese silk

  • The chrysalis sculpture comes from the neolithic Yangshao culture from the Yellow River, famous for its pottery
  • It shows that silk was already important to Chinese culture that is over 5,000 years old

This is believed to be a 5,200-year-old stone carving of a silkworm cocoon. Photo: Provincial archaeology institute of Shanxi
This is believed to be a 5,200-year-old stone carving of a silkworm cocoon. Photo: Provincial archaeology institute of Shanxi
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