Wu - Early Zhou dynasty China?045-700 BC Hollow handled spade Sloping Shoulder t

Wu - Early Zhou dynasty China?045-700 BC Hollow handled spade Sloping Shoulder type

Zhou dynasty of China (1045 to 700 BC)


Hollow handled spade money

Sloping Shoulder type

Wu 武




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Reference: Hartill 2.170

Inscription: Wu 武 means: Martial Art, City of Liang

Weight: 32 grams, Size: 92 x 50 mm; Bronze

Hollow handled spade money

Sloping Shoulder type


Sloping shoulder spades: Sloping shoulder spades usually have a sloping shoulder, with the two outside lines on the obverse and reverse at an angle. The central line is often missing. This type is generally smaller than the prototype or square shoulder spades. Their inscriptions are clearer, and usually consist of two characters. They are associated with the Kingdom of Zhou and the Henan area. Their smaller size indicates that they are later in date than the square shoulder spades

 

Hollow handled spade money

 

Hollow handled spades (Chinese: 布幣; pinyin: b鵥? are a link between weeding tools used for barter and stylised objects used as money. They are clearly too flimsy for use, but retain the hollow socket by which a genuine tool could be attached to a handle. This socket is rectangular in cross-section, and still retains the clay from the casting process. In