My random notes on Chinese-style seal carving.

Talking Seals
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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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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Lasting Good Luck

The phrase “lasting good luck” (長幸 changxing) is often found on seals from the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).

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Daily Profit

The phrase “Daily Profit” (日利 rili) was commonly found on Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) seals.

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Heart Ocean

One Chinese dictionary translates the phrase xinhai 心海 as “the vast inner world of one’s feelings.”

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