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東漢 (右)龜鈕銀印
Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Turtle

Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)
ca. 1st–2nd century
H. 1/4 in. (0.7 cm); W. 1 in. (2.5 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber Collection, Gift of Charlotte C. and John C. Weber, 1994
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
So-called “seal script,” seen here, is an archaic writing style that was standardized during the Qin (221–206 B.C.) and Han dynasties (206 B.C.–A.D. 220). It is characterized by straight lines of uniform width and angular turns suited to a square format. The inscription reads:

“Seal of Tiannan General”
Charlotte C. and John C. Weber , New York (until 1994; donated to MMA)
Princeton University Art Museum. "The Traditional Chinese Book: Form and Function," April 18, 1995–June 4, 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.

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