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Smiling terra cotta haniwa figurine unearthed in Japan

A terra cotta haniwa figurine has been unearthed from a fourth-century tomb in Sakurai, Japan. It is the oldest such figurine yet found.

The figurine, which is holding a shield and appears to be smiling, was apparently meant to guard the Chihara Ohaka tomb, the Sakurai board of education said Thursday.

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Story: Japan Times | Photo: Kyodo Photo

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