“Glimpses into the Past” offers a journey through time in the world of seals, ancient and modern.
The carving and use of seals have a long history in China dating back to the Spring Autumn (770-476 BCE) and Warring States (475-221 BCE) periods. Over a period of more than three thousand years, seals have shed their functional character and become a unique art of special aesthetic quality. Seals and their legends are esteemed by connoisseurs and collectors because the aesthetic rules governing their appreciation are largely the same as those applied to calligraphy and painting.
The exhibition features “jiyu” seals, or “seals with auspicious words”, along with official and private seals from the Qin (221-207 BCE) and Han (206 BCE-220 CE) dynasties onward, as well as more recent works by modern seal carvers. Seal impression albums, or “yinpu” (印譜), are exhibited side by side so that viewers can follow the evolution of seal carving across time.
More information: https://library.ust.hk/exhibitions/seal/