Half seal

HALF SEAL. A seal used in the English chancery for the sealing of commissions to delegates appointed upon any appeal, either in ecclesiastical or marine causes.

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When the time comes I will describe that wondrous moonlit night upon the great lake when a young ichthyosaurus--a strange creature, half seal, half fish, to look at, with bone-covered eyes on each side of his snout, and a third eye fixed upon the top of his head--was entangled in an Indian net, and nearly upset our canoe before we towed it ashore; the same night that a green water-snake shot out from the rushes and carried off in its coils the steersman of Challenger's canoe.
For the first half Seal delivered a string of classy covers from his latest release, including a sparkling, sassy Luck Be A Lady and a wonderfully dark, yet upbeat take on the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic, I Put A Spell On You.
The fragment of an official seal from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), known as the siyin half seal (Fig.
Several late Ming and early Qing dynasty (1644-1911) court officials deciphered the half seal as representing a jingli si (registry office).
Decoding the missing characters should reveal significant information regarding the legal system regulating the half seal and the imperial agency administering this system.
JINGLI SIYIN: MING INTERPRETATIONS OF THE HALF SEAL
Upon viewing Wu Daozi's (689-after 755) painting, Sandalwood Image of Deities (Zhantan shenxiang), Wen wrote a colophon to pinpoint the half seal impression on this piece as a jingli siyin.
1735-95) officials compiled the Qing imperial catalogues in 1744, they defined the half seal on Huang's calligraphy as jingli siyin.
1662-1692) (13) and Gao Shiqi (1645-1704) observed that several artworks in their collections bore the same half seal.
In accordance with Ming-Qing practice, Gu read the siyin half seal as jicha siyin, but did not specify the date or source of the seal.
But Owen, Beckham and Wayne Rooney either headed wide or straight at goalkeeper Kamarenko who gave a performance that was half clown and half seal - with the occasional stunning save.
The Bees could have few complaints as Piggon stung them with a goal a goal in each half seal the win despite the visitors pulling one bacl late on from the penalty spot.