Early Chinese bronze seals for official use often had long handles.
One kind of decoration often seen on the sides of Chinese seals is a scratched design called sgraffito.
Occasionally a seal will be seen with a signature carved into the side of the stone by a famous Chinese seal artist.
Seals are used extensively in China for their decorative effect.
Some collectors enjoy seals because of their stones.
I took a quick look today at the China-based website AliExpress to find seal tools or stones.
Today I accidentally came across an old video on YouTube about Japanese seals.
Do these Japanese seals look similar? Can you tell by looking whether they are made by the same artist or by several?
Seal stones will sometimes come decorated on their sides with shallow relief carving.
Chinese is traditionally written from top to bottom in columns that are read from right to left, in other words beginning in the top right corner and continuing to the bottom left corner.
Bottom corner seals (In Chinese yajiaozhang 押角章) are just as the name implies—seals placed to mark the corners of the finished artwork.
Official seals for Chinese emperors were square and large.