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  • Thumbnail for Bronze Inscribed Mirror
    Bronze Inscribed Mirror

    3" w. The recessed field is centered by a plain pierced knob surrounded by a circle of seal characters alternating with hairspring-like loops and X's in diamonds flanked by rope twist borders over which is an inscribed plate with the inscription "Zhang-zhia zao" ("made by the Zhang family"). The corroded side shown here was once highly polished for viewing one's reflection.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Dao Coin with ancient script
    Chinese Dao Coin with ancient script

    Dao are early coins made in the shape of weapons, datable to between the first century BCE to the first century CE. Material: cast metal alloy. Size: 11 X 2.2 cm. Contains script that appears to be a descendant of oracle bone script, the earliest form of Chinese writing. This is an example of early coinage that was issued while the economy evolved from a barter to an monetary economy. Bronze knives and bronze spades were common barter items in ancient China, but a bit awkward or hazardous to carry around to trade. Some of China's first coins were made to look like a knife or like a stylized spade, so that people would think of them as money, however they were too thin and fragile to be used for anything but money. The knife coin and the spade coin developed in different areas of China about the same time. This knife coin is called the ""Ming"" after the city where it was made (not the dynasty that was much later).

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Inscribed Mirror (detail)
    Bronze Inscribed Mirror (detail)

    3" w. The recessed field is centered by a plain pierced knob surrounded by a circle of seal characters alternating with hairspring-like loops and X's in diamonds flanked by rope twist borders over which is an inscribed plate with the inscription "Zhang-zhia zao" ("Made by the Zhang family").

  • Thumbnail for Dao Coin with Circular Top
    Dao Coin with Circular Top

    Dao are early coins made in the shape of weapons, datable to the 1st c BCE to the 1st century CE. Material: cast metal alloy. 7.5 cm in total length; handle is 1.2 cm in width and the circular top is 2.6 cm in width. This is an example of early coinage that was issued while the economy evolved from a barter to an monetary economy. Bronze knives and bronze spades were common barter items in ancient China, but a bit awkward or hazardous to carry around to trade. Some of China's first coins were made to look like a knife or like a stylized spade, so that people would think of them as money, however they were too thin and fragile to be used for anything but money. The knife coin and the spade coin developed in different areas of China about the same time. This knife coin is called the "Ming" after the city where it was made (not the dynasty that was much later).

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Inscribed Mirror -  view of back with decoration
    Bronze Inscribed Mirror - view of back with decoration

    3" w. The recessed field is centered by a plain pierced knob surrounded by a circle of seal characters alternating with hairspring-like loops and X's in diamonds flanked by rope twist borders over which is an inscribed plate with the inscription "Zhang-zhia zao" ("Made by the Zhang family").

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Inscribed Mirror
    Bronze Inscribed Mirror

    4 5/16" w. Twenty four characters forming a frieze flanked by rope twist borders in the recessed field surrounding the plain pierced central knob. Image shows heavy corrosion on flat, formerly highly polished, mirror side.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Bronze Inscribed Mirror (front)
    Chinese Bronze Inscribed Mirror (front)

    4 5/16" w. Twenty four characters forming a frieze flanked by rope twist borders in the recessed field surrounding the plain pierced central knob.