Seal

청동인장 (靑銅裝飾)

918–1392
Diameter: 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.); Overall: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
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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 bronze seal appears to have been used for stamping the sealed envelopes of letters. The lion-shaped ornament serves as the handle of the seal. While it is much corroded, the face and tail of the seated lion gazing upward are delicately expressed. Beneath the face of the lion is a hole through which a string can be threaded.
Seal

Seal

918–1392

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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