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13:20 Jun 04 2012

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Art on seals in ancient Tibet
11:20, June 04, 2012  

Tibetan archaic seals have been a significant element of Tibetan art and civilization for over 2000 years, embodying the rich, historic Tibetan culture.

In the history of Chinese seals, those in Tibet are fascinating treasures. They reveal a profound and broad history, the personality, political climate and religion of Tibet. The calligraphy, motifs, and materials of seals are designed and arranged in various ways, which cannot be compared to any other ethnic group. The seals are not only a testimony of history and a symbol of power, but also the comprehensive embodiment of a multitude of arts. Once a seal is held in one's hand, its power is guaranteed. This applies not only in the secular world, but is also in the sacred. Persons holding a seal in the secular world are rulers of certain areas, so too religious leaders always hold their own seals.

Old Tibet ran on a system that combined politics and religion. Thus, the seal became extremely important. Persons holding a seal would have power to control both politics and religion in Tibet, but must follow the law and regulations of the central government. One holding a seal must also follow what Emperors of the central governments asked him to do and take responsibility for administration of both local secular and clerical affairs.
Tibetan seals embody creative thinking through both a general engraving style and linear patterns. The seals are often decorated in an impressive manner. Fortunately, a hundred years have already passed and the seal I mentioned above still keeps the inside of its original deer ribbon. Texture research has shown the seal to be about 400 years old.

(The article is edited from China's TIbet)


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