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Item:263644069133It is indeed a pleasure to offer this carved ox bone oracle artifact. Appraisal Authentication has been done to show history of provanance (Provanance Information Included In This Description). As the photos will show, the figure is in a semi-sitting position. The bone shows considerable age and indications of past burial. We were informed by an expert that this remarkable oracle is from the Shang Dynasty and is of museum quality. We also learned that the inscription or symbols on the figure are early and compare to Chinese characters, and appear to be ownership made. The symbols are indicators of Banpo or Jiangzhai symbols and belong to the Middle Neolithic Period of China. The figure itself is believed to be a shrine which a deity reveals hidden knowledge or the divine purpose through such a person. The Neolithic Period of China, the period concerning language, appeared circa 1300 B.C. to 1050 B.C. - relates to the discovery, and was found on oracle bones during the Shang Dynasty. The oracle bones are from an ox; ox bones of the Shang Dynasty were used for divination. The correct date of the Shang Dynasty in 1600 B.C. to 1046 B.C. Measurements 8.5" × 2.8". We also learned that in the second half of the 20th century, inscriptions have been found in a variety of locations in China, such as Banpo, on bone and bone marrows near Xi'an. These simple, often geometric marks have been frequently compared to some of the earliest Chinese characters appearing on oracle bones. Most of these inscriptions are found on pottery, but in some instances, on turtle shells, animal bones or artifacts made from bones or jade - and on oracle bones. The inscription is on the left side of the center of the figure carved into the white part of the bone in a vertical position. I have magnified the inscription 500X, and at this time, I am looking at the inscription. It is vertically placed - it appears as an "S" with a vertical line beneath the "S" with three horizontal lines across the vertical line. This is not part of the bone markings. We encourage you to carefully study the photos, zooming in where necessary for more detailed inspection. It is important that you ask any and all questions prior to reaching a buying decision. As always, thanks for considering this very rare and unique find.Condition:One Of A Kind RARE!, Material:Bone
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Chinese Neolithic Period Shang Dynasty Oracle Shrine Artifact - Banpo Jiangzhai