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


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

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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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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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