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Seal: O.105-1946

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Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Light green jade seal with small areas altered to creamy white. The seal has the imperial seal of China, and was used by the emperor on state documents, and the base is incised with ‘Inspected by the Emperor in the Yi-Kun Palace’. The handle is in the form of two dragons back to back, symbolising the Son of Heaven. A yellow cord and tassel are attached to it, and were tied by the Chief Lama in Peking.
With a silk cover

This seal, and seal O.107-1946 were used to confirm each other. These seals, along with O.106-1946 lost their sacred characters in consequence of being removed from the China.


History note: 1900, after the relief of the Legations, these were looted by Cossacks who sold them for some brandy to an Irish-American journalist. He wished to sell them to the British Museum for a ridiculous sum. There was a debate about them in Parliament in Jan.1902. At the end of Jan. they were bought by Harding at a sale at Debenham, Storr and Son, Covent Garden

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Oscar C. Raphael Bequest, 1941, received 1946

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.5 cm
Length: 12.65 cm
Width: 12.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.


19th Century
1800 CE - 1899 CE

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.105-1946
Primary reference Number: 138269
Oscar Raphael: 32
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 16 January 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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