Apr 16, 2012
Apr 16, 2012

Seal

Seal

청동 인장 (靑銅印章)

918–1392

Bronze

Overall: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.); Base: 1 x 1 cm (3/8 x 3/8 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.1039

Location

Did you know?

A large quantity of bronze seals excavated from tombs of the Goryeo dynasty is closely related to the development of metallurgy in 13th-century Korea that allowed the transition from wood type to movable metal type printing.

Description

A large quantity of bronze seals were excavated from tombs of the Goryeo dynasty. This seal bears two inscribed characters:子成, meaning "generational success." The red cinnabar paste is still visible, indicating it must have been used for signing various documents while its owner was alive.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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