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Treasures in Forbidden City
Countless and priceless treasures are on display in Forbidden City. The following are but a few of them:

Imperial seals
The 25 imperial seals were made of such materials as jade, gold of sandalwood. There is a handle on the top of each seal in the shape of dragons in various postures.

Ivory Mat
The Ivory Mat is 2.16 meters (6ft 10in) by 1.39 meters (4ft7in) and woven of ivory filaments less than three millimeter (0.12 inches wide and 1 millimeter (0.04 inch ) thick. Five ivory mats were made during the reign of Yongzhen. Three of them have remained till now.

Jade Carving of "dayu Harnessing Floods"
Jade Carving of "dayu Harnessing Floods" is the largest piece of jade carving in China today. It is 2.24 meters (7ft4in) high and weighs five tons. It was quarried in Xinjiang, Northwest China, and transported to Yangzhou for carving. When the carving was done, the jade piece was shipped to Beijing. Transportation and carving altogether took ten years. Two other big pieces of jade carving on display are also very famous. One is a big jade jar with the carving of sea waves, meaning the emperor's happiness was as endless as water in the Eastern Sea. The other is a mountain with pine trees, representing the emperor's life as long lasting as the old pine in the southern Mountain.

Ruyi was made of stone, bone, metal, jade coral, lacquer, etc., and used to be just a scratch back in the early days. During the Qing Dynasty, it became a symbol of good luck and ornament. On such festive occasions as the emperor's coronation and birthday, the ministers and princes would present Ruyi to the emperor as a gift, and the emperor would also give Ruyi to his official and his favorite concubines. While the young emperor was choosing his wife, he would convey his affection by giving ruyi to the girl he liked best. Ruyi was also used as a kind of decoration in the halls and placed by the throne in the imperial palace.

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