San Diu Stamp/Seal
Part of the collection of required ritual objects for a shaman priest, this one is from the small San Diu group, a subgroup of the Yao. The seals are used with a special red ink on ordination papers for new postulants, as well as on petitions to the gods. The carvings on this one are Daoist talismans and exactly like the one shown on p.177 in “How To Make The Universe Right”. Vestiges of the red ink coat the bottom and the lower edges of all sides. In the San Diu tradition, it is wood lacquered in red and gold. An inscription in a framed circle graces the top and the same style circle, but in concave form graces one end. The other two sides have framed shapes each with a different inscription inside. The last side is blank. This is a beautiful object, redolent with years of use. We don’t see these anymore.
Size: 3 in. x 2.5 in. x 2.25 in.