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Audience tablets, Hu, made of jade, ivory or wood, date back to very early times when they were made of bamboo and carried at the waist by every man of any standing for jotting down notes. During the Han dynasty they came to be regarded as a badge of rank, those of ivory reserved for feudal princes and higher officials, and from the 6th century these Hu were also known as Shou Ban ('hand tablet'). A high official would hold such a tablet when having audience with the Emperor, clasping it at its base so that it was mouth-high and writing on it the Imperial commands, and so they became known more specifically as audience tablets and were treasured as heirlooms.
|Height||43.00 cm||(16.93 inches)|