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Papercut of fish, China, 1986

This bright paper-cut picture shows Chinese goldfish. Goldfish were first bred in China over 1,000 years ago, from a small carp. People farmed fish for food, but kept goldfish for their colour and shapes. From the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) they kept fish in tanks inside and fancy-tailed goldfish became popular.

Fish like these, with huge eyes and feathery fins, have been bred for show. They may be veil-tails, or lion-heads or shubunkins.

Did you know?

Paper was invented in China about 100 BC

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