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China - Bone Cowrie
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[ Archaic: Cowries, Spades & Knives ]
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China - Silver Cowri
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Chine - Brown Bone C
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Ancient Stone carved
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China - Stone carved
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China - Split Domed
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China - Ivory Cowrie
China - Ivory Cowrie

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Arizona USA
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This is a particulary nice and well preserved ivory cowry. The ivory has acquired some cracks. This was purchased as a Jade cowrie but it turned out to be ivory. Chinese sources say these are occasionally found and that the source of the ivory is unknown. This form attemps to imitate a real cowry fairly closely and has two holes. The only known type I do not have represented here is a type allegedly made of wood (see added wood cowries in excellent shape - suspicious). Preservation of this material would make an authentic example very rare.
22 x 19 x 8 mm


Moneta Library has articles on Cowries to VIEW and DOWNLOAD:
The Worlds's First Money, Chinese Cowries and Their Imitations - by Ted Puls [ link ]
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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TP

Registered: June 2022
June 6, 2022 10:40pm

appears to be an example of Upper Xiajiadian culture cowrie.
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Registered: August 2005
Location: Arizona USA
Posts: 2,356
June 6, 2022 10:57pm

TP - thanks, great detailed info is hard to come by. I add these notes to the text above.


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