Our Yuan Dynasty Imperial Passport is adapted from a rare Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) paizi
, one of about a dozen Mongol paizi
known, from the late thirteenth century in the Museum’s collection. A paizi
served as a passport or a patent of office for the Mongol administration. The Museum’s example is made of iron with thick inlaid silver bands forming characters in the Phagspa script, which was devised for the Mongol language in 1269. The inscription reads: “By the strength of Eternal Heaven, an edict of the Emperor [Khan]. He who has no respect shall be guilty.”
Cast pewter, with oxidized finish. 4 1/2''W x 7''H x 1/4''D.