Inscribed Turtle Plastron

Accession No. R044284
Period Shang Dynasty
Material Bones
Findspot Pit No.127 Hsiao-t'un, Yin-xu Site
Geographic Location Hsiao-t'un village, Anyang, Honan province, China
Dimension L. 18.4 cm; W. 11.1 cm


This inscribed turtle plastron was found as two separate pieces and was reconstructed. The inscription's contents record divination on the day of Hsin-you asking whether they could defeat a rival statelet.The divination was in a pair of charges: positive and negative, each charge for five times, therefore there are five pairs of divination cracks.