Object 105: Odd Oval

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Chinese writing

Chinese writing

Size: Strawberry

Recorded: May, 2014

Found: Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Material: Horn?

Circa:  <1050 BCE

Made: China

Status: Known

 

Chinese writing

Chinese writing

This small object was pretty powerful. A person would use only one at a time, and it took quite a bit of skill to use it properly. We have somewhat similar things today, but they’re unusual.

Hint 1: 

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Probably personalized.

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Hint 2: 

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Not used to help make anything.

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Answer: 

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It’s a thumb ring to allow an archer to hold their bowstrings as they drew their bows. It allowed them to hold the bow longer to wait for just the right moment to launch their arrow. This particular one is from the Zhou period dating between 1050 and 221 BCE. Here’s a picture of how it was used.

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3 Comments

  1. Looks like horn bow ring to help shoot a bow(it helps “hold” the bowstring when you pull it back to shoot).
    Most don’t have the small tab sticking out, so I wonder if that’s decoration?

  2. so since archery is taken, I will say, very small ear trumpet. But probably ring you put on your finger for archery.

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