Chinese Chops

History of Chinese Name Seals

The exact time that Chinese name seals became popular is not known, but records have traced their origin back to at least 770 B.C. Originally they were popularized by merchants. These traders' official seals would be a mark to signify genuine goods, verify transactions, and functioned almost as a contract. Later nobles started to use chops as a signature and the emperor as well. The emperor's name seal was made out of a rare jade and was exceptionally large, about the size of a cantaloupe. This was called the imperial seal. It was illegal for anyone other than the emperor to use jade for their name seals. Instead the nobles used gold, silver, and other precious metals while commoners used stones.

Eventually Chinese name seals became especially common for calligraphers. The seal was the final touch on their works of art. Affixing their seal like a signature showed their pride in a job well done. Chinese calligraphers still use these for every painting they make. Now they traditionally use two, one to start off the calligraphy art and one to finish it. The chop used to start the calligraphy painting is typically a blessing and the one to finish it is their name. Artists who paint backgrounds just use one chop since in a painting an artist doesn't necessarily know where he will start.

Today Chinese chops make great souvenirs not only for artists exploring Chinese calligraphy, but for anyone wanting to experience authentic Asian culture.


Chinese Artist Seal - Red Oval

Chinese Artist Seal - Red Oval

Celebrate your art and mark your ownership over it forever with our custom Chinese artist seal. ..

$21.95

Chinese Calligraphy Stamp - White Large

Chinese Calligraphy Stamp - White Large

If you are looking for a Chinese calligraphy stamp, look no more. This quality stamp will be hand en..

$30.95

Chinese Carved Stone Seal - Red Square

Chinese Carved Stone Seal - Red Square

If you are looking for a cool Asian gift idea, we hope you will like this. It is a Chinese carved st..

$22.95

Chinese Chop Stamp - Red Square

Chinese Chop Stamp - Red Square

Our all natural red stone is an excellent choice for your very own Chinese chop stamp. Seals hav..

$27.95

Chinese Name Chop - Pink Square

Chinese Name Chop - Pink Square

What would it have been like for an emperor of China long ago? It was exclusive to be at the top..

$29.95

Chinese Seal Carving - Sitting Lion

Chinese Seal Carving - Sitting Lion

Here is one of our most popular Chinese seal carvings. A proud lion graces the natural yellow st..

$22.95

Chinese Seal Engraving - Honey Gold Square

Chinese Seal Engraving - Honey Gold Square

If you want custom Chinese seal engraving, we've got it. Well, if you don't want, we also still have..

$30.95

Chinese Seal Stamp - Crystal Dragon

Chinese Seal Stamp - Crystal Dragon

One of the most popular souvenirs in China are the cool Chinese seal stamps like this one. This love..

$23.95

Chinese Signature Seal - White Rectangle

Chinese Signature Seal - White Rectangle

We offer stones of all shapes, colors, and sizes for you to choose from for your own Chinese signatu..

$21.95

Custom Chinese Chop - Red Ring

Custom Chinese Chop - Red Ring

Here is one of our more unique seal choices. We offer many different stones, but this is the only st..

$22.95

Custom Chinese Seal - White Square

Custom Chinese Seal - White Square

A solid stone in your hand. A clean white sheet of paper. A firm stamp down. There it is! Your n..

$21.95

Custom Seal Stamp - Green With Tassel

Custom Seal Stamp - Green With Tassel

This lovely square stamp is made of a green jade stone. It is a custom seal stamp, meaning you can p..

$21.95

Engraved Dragon Chinese Name Stamp

Engraved Dragon Chinese Name Stamp

Looking to buy your very own custom made Chinese name stamp? Look no farther! Our translator wil..

$21.95

Personalized Chinese Stamp - Yellow Green

Personalized Chinese Stamp - Yellow Green

You can have your own personalized Chinese stamp. We will custom engrave it for you with a name in C..

$26.95

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