......or have been immortalized by Chinese cultures from Neolithic times to the 21st century. Chinese man have been intrigued by these strange creatures who emerge from the ground after years of hibernation to sing their haunting songs. I think it is this sequence of burial and birth that gives rise to the image of cicadas as a symbol of rebirth and immortality.
Cicadas feature in many forms of Chinese art including poetry, jade carvings, paintings and calligraphy. Here is a poem by Tang poetess Xue Tao celebrating the songs of cicadas :
|Catching Cicadas Mural at Prince Zhang Huai tomb|
|Possibly a Hongshan cicada pupa|
|Probably Hongshan cicada pupa|
|Is this a cicada pupa made from attractive chicken blood stone?|
|Ox nosed perforation|
|Liangzhu color beautiful piece|