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About Dugu Xin Multi-sided Seal By MW!
Dugu Xin’s multi-sided seal is a rare seal found so far in ancient China. It was discovered in 1981 at Xunyang, Shaanxi and is now exhibited in Shaanxi Museum of History.
The material of the seal is jet (a.k.a. coal jet, or coal essence). The seal is overall 45mm x 43.5mm, weights 75.7 grams, it has a total of 26 printing surfaces of different shapes, 18 square ones and 6 triangular ones, each side is 2cm equally, of which 14 square printing surfaces are engraved with different text, which can meet different purposes such as court uses, government orders, laws issuance, and personal letters. The printing on the seal is a Kai calligraphy font in Yin format (a.k.a. white letters), the text engraving skill is powerful and straight, there is also a strong influence of Wei calligraphy on the text, as Dugu Xin lived in the period when the Chinese text transformed from Wei font to Kai font. This product as pictured is a modern bronze replica.
Dugu Xin, the owner of this seal was an important general and official in the Western Wei and Northern Zhou Dynasties in ancient China at the 6th century. He was a clansman of the Xianbei tribe. History records that he was "Extremely handsome, good at riding and archery". Dugu Xin’s family had deep influences in China history during the 6th~7th century. Dugu Xin had 7 daughters and 6 sons, his eldest daughter was the wife of Yu Wenyu, the Emperor of the Northern Zhou Dynasty, and the fourth daughter is Queen Yuanzhen, the mother of Li Yuan, who was the first emperor of the Tang Dynasty, and the seventh daughter was queen Wenxian, who was the wife of Yang Jian, the first emperor of the Sui Dynasty. Because he had three queen daughters, Dugu Xin was later known as "China's first father-in-law."
The picture shows the text of each side on the seal.