Seal casket with cover


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222

This casket once held the imperial seal. An animated dragon sits on top of its circular lid, on whose wall are the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism, including the wheel of law, conch shell, parasol, canopy, lotus flower, vase, paired fish, and knot of eternity. On the four sides of its square base are the twelve regal emblems, consisting of the sun, moon, constellation, mountain, dragon, pheasant, ritual vessels, water plant, flame, rice, axe, and diagram of polarity.

Seal casket with cover, Jade (nephrite), China

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