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Marble Seal 19th c.
Two sides of the marble seal are carved in seal script.
One side has fourteen characters, which are
Wish to acquire the knowledge of how to grow tress,
Like to hear the sound of children reading books.

Another side has eight characters.
Four characters describe Zhuge Liang (181-234), who joined Liu Bei (161-223), the founding emperor of Shu Han, in 207 only after Liu visited him personally thrice. The other four characters may be related to Pang Tong (178-214), also an advisor to Lui Bei. Pang studied under the same teacher as Zhuge and was admired as Zhuge's match for strategy thinking.