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Grinding Iron to Make a Needle

Motiechengzhen 磨鐵成針 means “grinding iron to make a needle.” 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. 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

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