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Seal Carvings 

Seal Carvings
The art of Chinese Seal Engraving originated thousands of years ago and were used by Chinese emperors to authenticate important documents.. A Chinese Seal consists of a decorative sculptured stone where your Chinese name is inscribed on the flat bottom surface. You can then dip the stone in a special red ink and stamp your name on greeting cards or makes a unique alternative as your personal document signature.
  • seals and chops
    seals and chops
    Chinese seals or chops are traditional sculptural arts in China. seals can be carved in stone or wooden. It can contain a name, poetical saying, a design or symbol which has a connection with the painting. The seals are pressed into a pot or tin of cinnebar paste, a scarlet red color, and are impressed onto the painting. The paste contains mercuric oxide, ground silk and oils. It required a careful stamp as it is rather permanent. When using red seal on a monochrome painting, it is said to be "adding the eye to the dragon¡±. The art of Chinese Seal Engraving originated thousands of years ago and were used by Chinese emperors to authenticate important royal documents. Nowadays, it is commonly employed by traditional chinese artists to identify their works of art. It takes many years of mastery for an expert to be able to carve your chinese name in the limited surface area with extreme precision in an artistic way.
  • Chinese seal Inks
    Chinese seal Inks
    The red paste used for seal ink and impressing is made from finely pulverized cinnabar (mercuric sulphide), mixed with a seed oil from Fukien Tea (the best) or caster oil, which has been exposed to the sun for three years, then added to the finely ground cinnabar. Although seal ink is not a watercolor, it is used to sign a piece of calligraphy or an Oriental-style painting. A chop, which is like a rubber stamp made of wood or bone, has the artist's name or symbols carved on the face. The face of the chop is pressed gently into the surface of the seal ink (sometimes it is necessary to touch the seal ink several times to collect enough ink on the chop's surface). In some traditions, the seal is placed so that it just touches the edge of the still damp ink, or watercolor, because the slight mixing that occurs is impossible to forge, and the original can be proved.
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