Chinese imperial seal fetches $11.8 million at Hong Kong auction

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:57 AM

It also set a record for a seal carved for Emperor Kangxi, who ruled China from one thousand six hundred sixty-one to one thousand seven hundred twenty-two. "The four characters on the base declare 'jingtian qinmin', which means 'revere heaven and serve thy people,'" said Nicolas Chow, Sotheby'south international head and chairman of Chinese works of art department.

The winning tender for the seal is the third highest price paid for any Chinese imperial seal sold at auction. It also set a record for a seal carved for Emperor Kangxi, who ruled China from one thousand six hundred sixty-one to 1722.

"The four characters on the base declare 'jingtian qinmin', which means 'revere heaven and serve thy people,'" said Nicolas Chow, Sotheby'south international head and chairman of Chinese works of art department.

"It really crystallizes the political theory in China whereby heaven bestows its power upon a ruler who's righteous and benevolent," he added.

The auction concluded Sotheby'south spring sales. Christie'south with keep their auctions from May twenty-seven to June 1.

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