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This object is a Tibetan seal from the Asian Ethnographic Collecti…
This object is a Tibetan seal from the Asian Ethnographic Collection of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York City. The museum acquired the seal from Roland Koscherak, a dealer of Asian art, in 1951. 
Seals are objects used to imprint words, designs, or symbols onto materials such as wax and paper. Ancient seals, thousands of years old, have been found in many places throughout the world. Chinese seals were fairly common by the Qin dynasty (BCE 221-206).  It is unclear exactly when and through what circumstances Tibetans began using seals, but the earliest textual evidence of seals used by Tibetans dates back to the 7th century.  Material evidence, such as Tibetan documents containing seal impressions, suggests that Tibetans commonly used seals by at least the 8th century.