CHINA, ZHOU dynasty, c. 1000-250 BC, bronze button


CHINA, ZHOU dynasty, c. 1000-250 BC, button, round, lightly domed, bar on back, bronze, 39mm, 13.14g, F

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Buttons like this are a fairly common ancient Chinese artifact category. Some of them are large and heavy, making me think they were for horses to wear rather than people.

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.