Seal with knob in the shape of a wheel


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 219

Symbolic of teaching, the wheel is a standard motif in Buddhist art. The Chinese inscription on the top of this seal gives the date and indicates that it was commissioned for a Tibetan monk, whose name can be transliterated as Yeshi Zangbu. The seal on the bottom reads ji xiu qiu lü, or “study the law [Buddhism] with diligence.”

Seal with knob in the shape of a wheel, Ivory, China

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