My random notes on Chinese-style seal carving.

Talking Seals


Qingtian is one of the three most popular varieties of stone used to make seals

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Qi Baishi

Qi Baishi is best known as a painter but he considered himself primarily a seal carver.

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Wu Zhong

Wu Zhong (?-1615) 吳忠 was a member of the Hui School as a student of He Zhen.

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

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Which is Easier?

People often assume it’s easier to cut a seal with fewer characters rather than one with more characters.

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