16 September 2010
THREE SMALL JADE SQUARE SEALS
HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220)
Of various sizes, one with arched loop, the stone mottled and opaque, the base carved with four characters, Wen tian xiang yin; the other two pierced with a channel beneath the flat rectangular knob, one opaque and of ivory color, the base carved with two characters, Yang Wu, the other semi-translucent and of white and brown color with fine polish, the base carved with four partially illegible characters; together with a tiny jade domed seal, the white stone with opaque alteration, horizontally drilled for stringing, the base carved with the characters, Yang Feng
Largest 7/8 in. (2.2 cm.) square (4)
First, third and fourth: : acquired before 1978.
Second; J.T. Tai & Co., New York, 1964.
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The two small square seals with flat rectangular tops appear to be a type popular during the Western Han dynasty. Several similar seals are illustrated in Jades from the Tomb of the King of Nanyue, Hong Kong, 1991, pls. 61-3.
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