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Oracle Bones (76 total), Shang dynasty (about 1600-1046 BC)

Segments of turtle plastrons and bones of oxen; polished, burned, and carved with inscriptions
Various sizes

Alyce and Edwin DeCosta and the Walter E. Heller Foundation, Frederick W. and Nathalie C. Gookin Endowment, and Frederick W. Renshaw Acquisition Funds, 2008.65.1-76

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