The tiger tally (Cont’d 3)

They announced to the attendants that he was unwell and wished to stay in his coach. But the weather grew hot and the corpse began to smell.

The tiger tally (Cont’d 2)

Meanwhile the conspirators, Prince Hu, Prime Minister Li and Eunuch Zhao, continued touring the country as if the Emperor was still alive

The tiger tally (Cont’d 1)

The right half was kept by the Emperor. The left half was given to the commander at the battlefield. When a messengerʼs piece fitted the commanderʼs, it proved that his message came directly from the Emperor and must be obeyed at once.

The tiger tally

The tiger tally was a traditional token by which the Emperor transferred his power . Forged in bronze in the shape of a tiger, it had two halves.

Death of The First Emperor (Cont’d 5)

They sent a false letter to Prince Fu ordering him to commit suicide. The letter was sealed with the Emperor’s seal as if it had come from him. Their messenger rode day and night and arrived at the Great Wall. To prove who he was, he gave Prince Fu the matching half of a tiger tally.