Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Turtle


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”

Seal with Knob in the Shape of a Turtle, Silver, China

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