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Bronze Tiger-shaped Tally with Inscriptions
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Tiger Tallies are perhaps among the most interesting relics from ancient China. Because they were uncommon in their own period, they have become extremely rare and valuable today.

History of the Object
A tally was a special token used by the emperor to transmit his orders to mobilize armies and to confer military power upon his ministers. It is in the shape of a tiger, bearing 40 gold-inlaid characters in nine graphs. The tally is comprised of two halves, the left and the right. The left half was kept in the imperial palace, while the right half was held by the commander stationed outside. Only when both parts are fitted together, completing the inscriptions, would an officer accept the written order as valid.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Height 4.4 cm. Length 9.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 4th century ~ BCE 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE; 4th Century BCE - 3rd Century BCE; Qin State of the Warring States Periods (476-221 BCE)) 
Function
A special two-piece object granted to people – usually officers – of ancient China as a representation of authority or identification. 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1975 from the southern suburb of Xi’an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
Credit line
 

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