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The Empress' Jade Seal Inscribed with Characters “Huang Hou Zhi Xi”
 

          

         

West Han Dynasty

Height: 2cm   Side Lengh: 2.8cm

Unearthed from Xianyang City, Shaanxi Province in 1968

This seal was made of Hetian jade from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. With a monster-shaped protrusion as a knob the seal was inscribed with 4 characters 'Huang Hou Zhi Xi' which means it is an empress' seal. It was unearthed just 1km from Changling, the mausoleum of Emperor Gaozu and his wife. Therefore, it may have been used by Empress Lyu Zhi. The jade seal is one of the most important seals which have ever been found.