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Personal Seal: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
A superbly modeled chimera comprises the handle of this tiny square seal whose legend, Chen Shang hsin yi, cast on the reverse in negative seal script, may be translated as the "personal seal of Chen Shang." Small undecorated seals are known from the Warring States (480-221 B.C.) and Ch'in (221-206 B.C.) dynasties while more elaborate animal-shaped knobs were popular during Han as the use of official and personal seals became widespread. Seals with tortoise, chimera, ram, and camel-shaped knobs were popular and have been excavated from Eastern Han tombs. In spite of its extremely small size, the chimera on this example is exceptionally detailed and animated.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009