About this object

Cultural context

Perhaps used as a charm in Taoist religion.

Physical description

A small circular metal coin (part a), and a wood stand (part b). On one side of the coin (part a), there are eight trigrams in relief arranged in a circle while there are Chinese characters in relief on the other side. The stand (part b) has a semi-circular shape within which to fit the coin into the slot, and another slightly wider semi-circular shape to create two legs.