Carved Chinese Stone Seal of a...Beast!
The Chinese beast that shall not be named...
We took a vote in our office as to what the carver had in mind when he (or she) created this wonderful seal and...we're stumped. Some of us saw a rhinoceros, some of us saw a bird and we finally called him "beast" and left it at that.
Seals were common throughout Asia as a way to affix your family or company "signature" (also known as a chop) to a document or a piece of art and this one is lovingly carved into the bottom. 2 3/4" tall and 1 3/4" wide, "Beast" sits sturdily on his block of stone - as paperweight or objet d' art - but no one will know his double duty as a usable seal unless they turn him over.
He's a secret keeper, our Beast.