Oracle bone fragment, inscribed

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    ca. 1250-1050 BCE
  • Geography

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Material

    Turtle plastron
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 7.7 × 10.2 × 1.5 cm (3 1/16 × 4 × 9/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Provenance

    From at least 1934
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased by Carl Whiting Bishop. [1]
    [1] Carl Whiting Bishop acquired the object for the Freer Gallery of Art sometime between 1923 and 1934, when he carried out couple of expeditions to China. The object was transferred from the Freer Study Collection to the Permanent Collection on November 1985. See Curatorial Remark 5 in the object record. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
  • Origin

    Anyang, probably Henan province, China
  • Credit Line

    Acquired under the guidance of the Carl Whiting Bishop expedition
  • Type

    Ceremonial Object
  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 24a: Anyang: China's Ancient City of Kings
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