Inscribed Turtle Plastron

Accession No. R044852
Period Shang Dynasty
Material Bones
Findspot Trench C113 Hsiao-t'un, Yin Xu site
Geographic Location Hsiao-t'un village, Anyang, Honan province, China
Dimension H. 20.3 cm; W. 11.7 cm

Description

Period: Chinese Bronze Age. Shang dynasty.(1400-1100B.C.)
Medium: Bone

The text says that on the day of Binzi, the diviner, Wei, asked the questions in a positive-and-negative pair: "a bountiful year" or "a poor year," to prophesy whether there would be a good harvest this year. Cinnabar was brushed upon the scripts to enhance their visual effects.