Seal stones will sometimes come decorated on their sides with shallow relief carving. Any subject matter may be seen though landscape motifs are most common. Because this kind of work takes far more effort than simple scratched designs, they are seldom found on cheap stones intended for tourists. This relief work is usually already on the seal stone when you purchase it and is usually carved by anonymous artists—seldom does the seal carver also do this decoration on the sides of the stone.
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