An oriental carved hard stone seal with terminal in the shape, unusually, of a rat (these seals usually have Fo dog terminals). The rat in oriental culture can symbolise (amongst other things) intelligence and vitality.
The seal (which is carved to the underside) comes with a base impregnated with what appears to be red waxy ink (although when we tried it, the impression seemed rather faint – see photographs). The figure of the rat appears to have been constructed using two pieces of hard stone. We have tried to show this in the photographs.
Although structurally sound, there is some nibbling to the rat’s right ear, and there is some further nibbling on the seal column and base. Understandably there is some red staining on the base of the seal column (evidence of use).
The seal and base together stand approximately 3.25in tall from the bottom of the base to the top of the rat’s back. Together, the seal and base weigh just under 140g. Exact age unknown.
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