Amulets and propitious coins in China - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
Journal Articles Historia Mundi Year : 2016

Amulets and propitious coins in China

Lyce Jankowski


This paper gives a short overview of the diversity of amulets in China by presenting a few specimens from the Ashmolean Museum’s collection (Oxford). Amulets’ study has been considered part of Chinese numismatics since the 12th century and probably before. Numismatists did collect them along with historical imperial coins. But the specificity of amulets is that they bear designs contrary to coins. We’ll discuss a few symbols as well as the hidden meaning of some designs.
Not file

Dates and versions

hal-02333647 , version 1 (25-10-2019)




  • HAL Id : hal-02333647 , version 1


Lyce Jankowski. Amulets and propitious coins in China. Historia Mundi, 2016, 5, pp.150-163. ⟨hal-02333647⟩
37 View
0 Download


Gmail Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More