"Inkstone" and cover in the shape of a turtle


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207

Turtles and tortoises, symbols of longevity and endurance, have long been associated with divination in ancient China. Here, the shell is engraved with the eight trigrams (bagua) used in Daoist cosmology, which became increasingly important during the Sui and Tang dynasties.

"Inkstone" and cover in the shape of a turtle, Earthenware, China

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