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Cicada Kite


Li Huanchen 李换臣 of Nanjing in Jiangsu Province painted this kite on silk in the 1980s. It measures 110 by 36 centimeters. In ancient times people were buried with a cicada carved in jade to bring them immortality and happiness in the afterlife. Since the cicada lives so long it is a common symbol of longevity.

Last update: June 2008
© Marilyn Shea, 2008