Chinese seal 044

Motiechengzhen 磨鐵成針 means “grinding iron to make a needle.” Chinese language seal with four red characters, from top to bottom and right to left. Image is not to scale.

  • Inscription: 磨鐵成針
  • Pinyin: mo tie cheng zhen
  • Collection: Elizabeth Zenger
  • Material: marble
  • Carver’s mark: Lvke
  • Size: 2.9 x 3 cm.
  • Date: May 2008
  • Registry: cs044

The owner liked this old Chinese saying from a story which represents the idea of patience. Since the owner is also an acupuncturist the reference to needles was also appropriate.