I accidentally picked up a strange object on the way home, and now it has turned into a priceless treasure?

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No knowledge is so poor, even if you give you diamonds, but you just treat them as ordinary glass, there are always surprises in the world.

Today I want to share a true story。I accidentally picked up a strange object on the way home, and now it has turned into a priceless treasure?

One day more than 30 years ago, a student named Song Qing from Xunyang Middle School in Shaanxi Province, China, accidentally picked up a dark round stone the size of a "dice" on the way home from 

school, but he took a closer look.  , It has 26 sides, and each side is engraved with red calligraphy inscriptions of different sizes.  The students were curious and guessed it should be an old antique. 

But what exactly is this?  Why can Li engrave so many Chinese calligraphy characters?  What is it for?  Young Song Qing took this rare object and came to Xunyang Museum (good boy).  However, the museum staff held this "dice" for a long time, and they couldn't tell why they could only stay as ordinary "old objects".

In this way, this calligraphy relic of unknown origin was placed in an inconspicuous corner by the local museum for 10 years.

Xunyang Museum

It is not difficult to understand why it was left in a remote corner for 10 years and was almost abandoned. After all, when ordinary people and even museum staff saw this "unidentified object", they only knew that they were engraved with Chinese characters.  

But if you give it a glance to someone who knows a little about calligraphy, you can see at a glance that the calligraphy style of this cultural relic is biased to the Wei stele, and the brushwork is excellent, the bones are strong, and the momentum is open.

As for the Wei stele, 1500 years ago... and we know that the calligraphy of the Wei stele is carved on the stone. Have you never seen such a standard?

There are indications that this is by no means a cultural relic of ordinary Chinese calligraphy.  A terrible mystery is about to be revealed.

Finally, 10 years after this cultural relic that was picked up by the teenager was handed over to the County Museum, an archaeological expert from Shaanxi Province went to the local museum to investigate and exchange. When he saw this "dice", he shouted with excitement:

"Isn't this Duguxin's seal? Oh my God, it was here!"

 ▲The calligraphy Chinese characters on the treasure appear

So far, after many experts have studied and determined, the life experience of this special "Chinese calligraphy seal" has finally been revealed: this is the "multi-faceted seal" of the famous Duguxin.

So what kind of character is "Lonely Letter"?  What is the connection between this treasure and him?  We continue to read down with all kinds of curious questions.


Portrait of Duguxin

He is one of the most legendary figures in Chinese history. His ancestral home is Yunzhong County (now Datong City, Shanxi Province), a native of Xianbei, and a native of Wuchuan Town in the Northern Dynasty (now Wuchuan, Inner Mongolia).  Riding and shooting".  

In his youth, he liked grooming and dressing, so he enjoyed the reputation of "Dugu Lang" in the barracks.  Later, due to his outstanding achievements in governance, he "believed in the past", and was given the name "Faith" by Yu Wentai, a power minister in the Western Wei Dynasty, that is, Duguxin.

Duguxin is also known as the "most powerful old man" in Chinese history. He has 7 daughters, and one is better than one. 

The eldest daughter is married to Emperor Ming of the Northern Zhou Dynasty, who is the queen of Zhou Mingjing; the younger daughter is married to Emperor Yang Jian, the founding emperor of Sui Dynasty.  After the Sui literature; 

the fourth daughter married Li Yuan, the founding emperor of the Tang Dynasty, and eventually became a queen. Therefore, Duguxin was the head of the country for three consecutive dynasties, and was of high authority.


Lonely letter multi-faceted mirror image

And this multi-faceted seal in front of him is the best proof of his high social prestige.

This multi-faceted seal is made of coal essence, which is a precious gemstone, also known as coal jade, with great toughness and very suitable for engraving.  The refined coal has bright pitch and metallic luster after polishing. 

In ancient China, the refined coal was often used as the four treasures of the aristocratic literati and inkmen, such as the raw materials of pen holders and inkstones. Sometimes it was also made into beads or furnishings, which was expensive.

Seal for official documents

This coal seal has a total of 8 edges and 26 faces, of which there are 18 square faces, and the rest are triangles.  On 14 of the fronts, there are regular scripts and inscriptions engraving the position of Duguxin in the Northern Wei Dynasty. 

The content of the seals can be divided into three categories: seals for official documents, such as "Dadu Supervision", "Da Si Ma Yin", and "Zhu".  The seal of the country, "Ling," and "secret"; the seal used for the letter, such as "Chen Xin Shang Shu", "Chen Xin Shang Zhang"; book credit seal, such as "Dugu Xin Bai Shu", "Letter Notice", these contents,  It proves the prominent status of Duguxin.

Print for writing

Because there are too many official positions, for the sake of convenience, Du Guxin engraved all the official positions on a single seal, which is very convenient and eye-opening whether it is used or carried.  

The discovery of this national treasure not only adds an important "calligraphy work", but also complements the study of ancient seals in China.

Book credit seal

This strange stone from the folks was later proved to be a rare cultural relic in the study of the seal system of the Northern Wei Dynasty—the coal-based multi-faceted seal. It is the seal with the largest number of faces and the largest number of characters in China so far. It has three functions in one seal.

This seal cultural relic full of Chinese calligraphy and Chinese characters puts the known regular script into the seal more than 400 years earlier, and is the first time it has been discovered in the existing unearthed cultural relics in China.  

Because of its rare historical value, it was later transferred to the Shaanxi History Museum. Today, it has become the only valuable treasure in the world.

Many cultural relics look at inscriptions, especially those with excellent calligraphy and orphan cultural relics that are used by celebrities and have historical research value. They must be priceless.

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