ANCIENT CHINA stone mould for bronze rings


CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, mould, circa 1000-500 BC, 3 rings one side, ornaments other side, stone, 88x42x15mm, 15.1g, looks like it was repurposed, F

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Why do I think this was repurposed? The three ring impressions are at the edge and are not complete. Why would they have made incomplete rings? The possibiliy exists that this was later used as some kind of ornament, as if someone dug it up, cleaned it, and hung it on a wall for “luck.”

There was apparently a time in the middle of the Zhou dynasty when everyone who had a little set aside did some bronze casting to “make money” as it were.

China is like the world: it has everything in it. The current evidence shows that there were people “everywhere” by about 12,000 years ago. In China they started writing stuff down about 5000 years ago, roughly the same time as Egypt and Sumer. But the Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations are gone, but China is still here.

Over the decades I’ve been selling collectibles my market has been about 97% coins, 2% paper money, 1% everything else.