seal with turtle standing on top of plain, undecorated platform; turtle looking straight up

Official Seal, 2nd century BCE- 2nd century CE

Unknown artist, expand_more

Gilt bronzeexpand_more

Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2000.34.2

G215expand_more

The size of this seal as well as its inscription indicate that it was probably used to stamp official rather than personal documents. Several tortoise form seals have been excavated from Han tombs, suggesting that this animal, which symbolized longevity, was already a popular motif among the educated class. This seal bears the inscription Tai-shou Chang lui Huai. Lui Huai appears to be a place name meaning overlooking the Huai river, while Chang is the official's surname, and Tai-shou his official title.

Details
Title
Official Seal
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2000.34.2
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seal with turtle standing on top of plain, undecorated platform; turtle looking straight up