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Ancient Stone carved cowrie - Chinese
Ancient Stone carved cowrie - Chinese

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This has to be a premier example of an imitation cowry. Every detail has been reproduced in an open-backed cowry carved in stone! Thus it might be considered a very early form of man-made money, perhaps pre-dating the copper/bronze types. Also, this one shows evidence of having been colored (red ochre?).
This is 22 x 16 x 7 mm; 2.60 gm - Very Scarce with this intricate detailed carving.
Moneta Library has articles on Cowries to VIEW and DOWNLOAD:
Cowries - Bob Reis: [ link ]
Origin of Cowries in Ancient China - UofPa: [ link ]
Metallic Cowries - Royal Asiatic Society: [ link ]
Nice Video on Cowrie history: [ link ]
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Additional Categories: Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives

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