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China's earliest imperial jade seal found in Shaanxi province


China's earliest imperial jade seal has been found in Northwest China's Shaanxi province.

China's earliest imperial jade seal found in Shaanxi province
China's earliest imperial jade seal, found in Northwest China's Shaanxi province [Credit: Xinhua]
According to preliminary analysis, experts believe the seal with a dragon figure on the top was the official seal of a tribal leader in the early period of the Western Zhou Dynasty (c 11th century-771 BC).

China's earliest imperial jade seal found in Shaanxi province
Bronze gui found in northwest China's Shaanxi Province [Credit: Xinhua]
Experts further explain that the seal contains four graphic characters divided by a cross grid, which may refer to "dragon", "deer", "tiger" and "eagle". And a Bronze gui has also been excavated from the tomb of from the Western Zhou dynasty along with the seal.

Source: Xinhua Net [July 08, 2016]
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