W70xL140xH50mm, China

Dont be mislead by the tabloid title, this is in fact a piece of stationary, a copper box for keeping seals and seal paste.  In China seal was the form of  identification, a bit like the rubber stamp which is officially recognized.  The seal of the Emperor would represent the Emperor himself.  In the old days, most people will at least own a set of personal seal, but for artist and intellectuals they will own also a leisure set and a studio set, for each set there will be a collection of a seals.  There are a long culture for seals; the stone, the text, the design and the craftsmanship are all  refined and specialized.

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