Chinese seal 114 Malidanfo 瑪麗聃佛 is the owner’s first and last names transliterated into Chinese. Chinese language seal with four white characters counter-clockwise from top right. Image is not to scale.

  • Inscription: 瑪麗聃佛
  • Pinyin: ma li dan fo
  • Collection: Mary Danford
  • Material: Chinese stone, red with white and dark patches.
  • Carver’s mark: For Mary By Dan 2010 瑪麗聃佛 魯可思
  • Size: 1.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Date: April 2010
  • Registry: cs114

I chose this name for Mary with Wang Gongyi’s approval. The inscription is Chinese “mali” for Mary, mother of Jesus; “dan,” an old name for Laozi, the founder of Daoism; and “fo,” the Chinese word for Buddha. Mr. Sam Chiao purchased the stone in Taiwan. While it was a pretty stone it had soft patches (the dark coloring) which made it difficult to carve.