This object is called an oracle-bone. From the late Shang period in China, oracle-bones, in this case part of the shoulder blade of an ox, were used for finding out about the future. The writing scratched on these bones is the earliest form of Chinese characters. The object provides an insight into a particular use of writing and the interests and concerns of the rulers of early China.
Probably vicinity of Anyang, Henan Province, China
1200 – 1050 BC
width: 10 cm
length: 21.6 cm
depth: 2.6 cm
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