CHINESE ZODIAC PLAQUE (LARGE) The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao originated in the Han Dynasty (202BC – 220AD) and is based upon each animal’s character and living habits. In a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle is related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit (or cat), dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar. This impressive piece is perfect as a source of interest in home or garden.