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The Shenyang Palace was built in 1625, just as the Manchus were launching their triumphant China tour. Sprawling over 60,000 square meters, 100 buildings and 500 rooms, the palace was meant to show one and all that these new rulers from the north were not just another clan of horse-mounted toughs. Now it’s a museum, and features this jade seal bearing the title of the Taizong emperor. But it reads “Wendi” – royals in China get a new name in China after they die.

Girl and Lover in Snow. Edo period. by Koikawa Harumasa, active 1800–1820. woodblock print.

Girl and Lover in Snow. Edo period. by Koikawa Harumasa, active 1800–1820. woodblock print.

Seal chop of Emperor Xuantong, the last Qing dynasty emperor.

Tang dynasty (618–907) Date: 7th century Culture: China Medium: Unfired clay with pigment

Victoria and Albert Museum, From newly opened Renaissance Medieval rooms Enamelled plaques about 980-1000 Manuscript about 1025-50 Binding about 1180-1200 Thought to be a gift from -Emperor Charlemagne

Illuminated Manuscript of the Baburnamah, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.596, fol. 28b. Written originally in Chaghatay Turkish and later translated into Persian, Bāburnāmah is the story of a Timurid ruler of Fergana (Central Asia), Ẓahīr al-Dīn Muḥammad Bābur (866 AH /1483 CE - 937 AH / 1530 CE), who conquered northern India and established the Mughal Empire

NYC - New York Public Library Main Building: McGraw Rotunda - The Story of the Recorded Word - Gutenberg Showing a Proof to the Elector of Mainz

Chinese seal script is an ancient style of Chinese calligraphy. It evolved organically out of the Zhōu dynasty script, arising in the Warring State of Qin. The Qin variant of seal script became the standard and was adopted as the formal script for all of China in the Qin dynasty. Ever since, its predominant use has been in seals, hence the English name.

Fine Shoushan Stone Carved Archaic Tortoise Seal