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Inscription on Oracle Bones about Animals Being Hunted
tianjin 15
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This oracle bone is a hunting record of the Shang ruler. It carries important information on the Shang Dynasty’s geography and its hunting customs. It is important for historical research.

History of the Object
The government bought it from Wang Xiang in 1953.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Bottom tortoise shell (plastron) 
Measurements
Width 5 cm. Height 8.5 cm. Length 6.3 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 16th century ~ BCE 12th century 
Creation date
BCE; 16th Century BCE - 12th Century BCE; Shang dynasty (1600—1100 BCE) 
Function
Divination; Sacrifice 
Acquisition
The Tianjin Cultural Bureau allocated it to the Tianjin Museum in 1956. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Tianjin Museum 
Museum
Tianjin Museum 
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