White porcelain seal with animal knob

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Postcard of White porcelain seal with animal knob.
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White porcelain seal with animal knob

The seal illustrated here is a personal seal. Bearing the name of its owner on the face, it symbolises a person's identity and can be used as a signature.

Four Chinese characters in the seal script are arranged in two vertical lines on the face of this seal. They should be read from above to below and from right to left.

Personal seals were used to stamp books, paintings and calligraphies to show ownership and connoisseurship. Artists also incorporated their seals in their completed works.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-300-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1922.172
Date: 18th? century AD
19th - early 20th century
Material: White porcelain. Inscription: [Seal characters]
Dimensions: 47 mm H x 25 mm W x 24 mm D
What: Seal
Subject: Ceramics / glazes
Where: China
Description: Seal of white porcelain, in the form of a cube surmounted by a dog of Fo, and seal characters carved in relief on the base: China, Ch'ing dynasty, 18th? century AD
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