12 May 2009
A ROCK CRYSTAL 'DRAGON' SEAL
LATE QING DYNASTY, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
The short rectangular plinth surmounted by a finely carved crouching dragon with its head sharply turned back, the base carved with the characters Ci xi huang tai hou yu bi
3 in. (8 cm.) long.
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The characters Ci xi huang tai hou yu bi may be translated as 'The Imperial brush of the Empress Dowager Cixi'.
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