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Place of Origin: China
Historical Period: Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)
Materials: Bronze
Dimensions: H. 2 15/16 in, W. 1 3/16 in x D. 3/16 in, H. 7.5 cm x W. 3.0 cm x D. 0.5 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Coins
Object Number: B71B2
On Display: No

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Label: Both a literal and symbolic indicator of wealth, the top of this knife-shaped coin is a representation of the heavens and the earth. According to ancient Chinese beliefs, the square opening or "eye" is a depiction of the earth and is enclosed within the circular perimeter of the coin, which represents the heavens.

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Exhibition History: “Extracted”, Asian Art Museum, 11/6/15-8/14/16 (displayed 1/26/16-8/14/16)
Label: Both a literal and symbolic indicator of wealth, the top of this knife-shaped coin is a representation of the heavens and the earth. According to ancient Chinese beliefs, the square opening or "eye" is a depiction of the earth and is enclosed within the circular perimeter of the coin, which represents the heavens.
Exhibition History: “Extracted”, Asian Art Museum, 11/6/15-8/14/16 (displayed 1/26/16-8/14/16)
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