Imperial Seals

12 jade carvings, each the size of a fist

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artwork
Description:

These 12 jade seals, carved of finest royal jade, each portray one of the Zodiac animals. On the base of each is inscribed “Having received the Mandate from Heaven, may (the emperor) lead a long and prosperous life.”

The Rat Seal

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The Ox Seal

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The Tiger Seal

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The Rabbit Seal

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The Dragon Seal

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The Snake Seal

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The Horse Seal

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The Goat Seal

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The Monkey Seal

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The Rooster Seal

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The Dog Seal

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The Pig Seal

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Bio:

When Qin Shi Huangdi first became Emperor, he struck the floor of his palace with the butt of his Golden Dragon Spear, and out of the depths of the earth sprang a magnificent piece of jade in the shape of a throne. The 12 best craftsmen in Shen Zhou worked to carve this Dragon Throne, and when they were finished, each had squirreled away a piece of jade the size of his fist. In secret, they each worked this jade into a seal suitable for the Yellow Emperor’s hand. Together, they presented their gift to the Emperor, who was most pleased. The 12 Seals have been the symbol of the Mandate of Heaven from that day.

At the end of the Han Dynasty, the Emperor searched frantically for some way to retain his empire. None of his scholars could give him good news, but at least from one, the news was not dire. The Han must fall, but the Seals may be hidden, that the next dynasty would not possess the Mandate. This concealment from the eyes of the world would last only as long as the current Emperor’s retainers remained alive.

The Rat Seal

The Rat is intelligent and industrious, but also manipulative and power-driven.

The Ox Seal

The Ox is tenacious and a born leader, but also stubborn and hotheaded.

The Tiger Seal

The Tiger is powerful and impulsive, but also reckless and aggressive.

The Rabbit Seal

The Rabbit is elegant and sensitive, but also superficial and self-indulgent.

The Dragon Seal

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The Snake Seal

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The Horse Seal

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The Goat Seal

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The Monkey Seal

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The Rooster Seal

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The Dog Seal

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The Pig Seal

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Imperial Seals

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