Talking Seals

Sgraffito

One kind of decoration often seen on the sides of Chinese seals is a scratched design called sgraffito.

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AliExpress

I took a quick look today at the China-based website AliExpress to find seal tools or stones.

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Four character seal

Where Does It Start?

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.

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A painting by Huang Binhong.

Corner Seals

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.

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