Seal with mantra in vartu script
- Ming dynasty (1368–1644), probably Yongle period (1403–24)
- Ivory and iron inlaid with gold
- H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift,1993
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Vartu is one of the scripts developed in India for writing religious texts. It was also used in Tibet. The invocation on this Chinese seal reads a ra pa ca na. It is dedicated to one the forms of the bodhisattva Manjushri (Wenshu), who symbolizes wisdom.