Attractive leisure seal by the known seal-carver Xie Leiming. Black stone seal with turtle as handle. As actual seal 3 characters are engraved: hai cang shi (probably the name of his studio). Side engraving: Leiming. 20 x 20 x 70 mm, very good condition. Xie Leiming , 1884 – 1963, was also known for his huge collection of old bronzes, calligraphy and paintings.
Chinese seal script is an ancient style of Chinese calligraphy. It evolved organically out of the Zhōu dynasty script, arising in the Warring State of Qin. The Qin variant of seal script became the standard and was adopted as the formal script for all of China in the Qin dynasty. Ever since, its predominant use has been in seals, hence the English name.