CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, large bead


CHINA, ZHOU Dynasty, 1122-255 BC, large bead, roughly hemispherical, tan color, crudely cut 4-petalled flower design, tan stone, 40mm diameter, 23mm tall, 41.79g, probably a spindle whorl,

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In the midst of a pottery and bronze culture people still worked in stone. This home-made bead was probably carved by the person who used it, or her husband.

Zhou dynasty was a confederation of little kingdoms with a figurehead Emperor. The technology was bronze age, with just a bit of iron starting to happen at the very end. There was literary culture, science, philosophy. Lots of little wars, of course.

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.