My random notes on Chinese-style seal carving.

Talking Seals
Chinese seal pressed into wax

A Great MacGuffin

Someone recently sent information about a small Chinese seal made from carnelian “found lying on open ground in the bush in Dar es Salaam (East Africa) in 1948 and may well have been lying there for many years.”

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Han dynasty seal: Melancholy

Sadness

A seal from two thousand years ago certainly tells a story, we just don’t know what it is.

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Lin Mengrong

Six characters in a seal by contemporary Taiwan artist Lin Mengrong 林孟蓉 are from the third line of the Heart Sutra, “shed light on the five aggregates, and find them empty.”

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Sunlight

You’ll have to use your imagination to decide why the word “sunlight” (日光 riguang) was chosen for a seal from the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).

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Suitable Children

The phrase “Suitable Children and Grandchildren” (宜子孫 yizisun) goes to the primal Chinese idea of family.

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Great Good Fortune

The phrase “Great Good Fortune” (大幸 daxing) is another example of Chinese seals with thoughts that represent wishes.

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