长4.8厘米 宽3.3厘米 高1.9厘米
Arms of the Royal Troops
Spring and Autumn period(770-476 BC)
Height 1.9cm, Length 4.8cm, Width 3.3cm
This seal is made of bronze and features a rope-pattern pierced knob, with symmetrical coiled hui serpent designs cast on the back. The face of the seal is rhomboid, separated into four sections by two intersecting convex lines. Each of the sections are cast with one of the following four characters in a positive legend, translating as “Arms of the Royal Troops”. It may have been used on documents allocating weapons within the army. Judging by the decoration and text this was likely an official seal from the state of Qin. As the only surviving bronze seal to have been passed down from the Spring and Autumn period it is extremely valuable.
This was formerly the top xi seal in the collection of the famous late Qing collector and expert in metal and stone ware, Chen Jieqi. It was later purchased by Zhou Shutao. Donated by Zhou Shutao.