Seal of Emperor Gojong of the Chosun Dynasty /Courtesy of the National Palace Museum of Korea
The seal of Emperor Gojong of the Chosun Dynasty has been retrieved some 100 years after it disappeared during Japanese colonial rule.
The National Palace Museum of Korea under the Cultural Heritage Administration unveiled the seal to the public on Tuesday. It said it bought the seal from a Korean collector who lives in the U.S. last December. Emperor Gojong used it for his personal letters to the Russian czar and Italian emperor after 1903.
Only the inner box of Emperor Gojong's seal is still extant; the outer is lost. It stands 4.8 cm high and weighs 794 g. Its turtle-shaped handle has a braided red silk cord. Numerous royal seals had been used during the 500 years of the Chosun dynasty, but this is the first time an imperial seal which was actually used has been retrieved.
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