Historical period(s)
Shang dynasty, ca. 1300-1050 BCE
Tortoise plastron
H x W x D: 7.6 x 9.7 cm (3 x 3 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Acquired under the guidance of the Carl Whiting Bishop expedition
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceremonial Object, Natural Material

Oracle bone

Carl Whiting Bishop collection, China, divination, oracle-bone script, Shang dynasty (ca. 1600 - ca. 1050 BCE), tortoise, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.
Published References
  • John Wills. Chinese Characters: First Steps. .
  • Antony Aveni. Ancient Astronomers. Exploring the Ancient World, 1st edition. Montreal and Washington. .
  • Sabina Knight. Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction. United Kingdom. p. 4.
  • James CS Lin, Xiuzhen Li. China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors. Exh. cat. Liverpool, England. p. 23, fig. 9.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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