Overall: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.); Base: 1.5 x 1.5 cm (9/16 x 9/16 in.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1917.1038
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.
A large quantity of bronze seals were excavated from tombs of the Goryeo dynasty. This turtle-shaped seal bears two inscribed characters: 武貴, meaning "military highness." The red cinnabar paste is still visible, indicating it must have been used for signing various documents, while its owner was still alive.
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