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Title

Bone: fragment

Description

One approximately rectangular cream-white bone fragment slightly curved in cross-section. Burnished convex obverse presents incised inscriptions at one end and a pattern of fine cracks at the other. Rougher concave reverse exhibits remains of at least one chiselled hollow. Shape of object (resembling turtle plastron or ox scapula) in conjunction with presence of inscriptions cracking and hollows supports its interpretation as an oracle bone used in divination rituals.

One approximately rectangular yellow-brown bone fragment. Burnished obverse presents incised inscriptions. Shape of object (resembling turtle plastron or ox scapula) in conjunction with presence of inscriptions on burnished obverse supports its interpretation as an oracle bone used in divination rituals.

Source

Rewi Alley

Physical Dimensions

38x34x5mm (l x w x h)

Museum Ac. No.

C1954.63; 1954.26.1(2)
E154.17; 1954.26.1(1)

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Period

Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1045 BCE)

Collection

Citation

“Bone: fragment,” China, Art and Cultural Diplomacy, accessed October 22, 2018, http://rewialleyart.nz/items/show/876.