京印章 京都府印章業協同組合

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  1. 捺印すると文字が白抜きになる陰刻。


The history of the inshō (stamped seal) in Japan began when the capital moved from Nara to Kyoto in 794. Kyo-inshō originated with the creation of official seals to represent Imperial and government offices. The Imperial Court held a monopoly on the production of official seals, which at the time were made from cast metal such as copper. Gradually, seals evolved into personal use and began to be carved into stone or wood.This hand-made tradition has been passed down in three methods: a character method that uses an accurate typeface; a chapter method that arranges the characters in a lively balance based on the meaning of the character, and a sword method engraved with a sharp sword. Kyo-inshō is not only used for official documents such as registered seals, banking and corporate seals, but also for collectors of shrine and temple seals. In recent years the personal use of stamped seals has become increasingly popular, as individuals can "sign" creative work such as picture letters, calligraphy and paintings.

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2,3. : 捺印すると文字が印肉によってあらわれる陽刻。 京印章では、おもに「印篆」という書体を使用する。

  1. : 捺印すると文字が白抜きになる陰刻。

1,4: Hollow relief carving that stamps the outline of characters. 2,3: An embossed carving with characters which appear when you stamp. Kyo-inshō mainly uses the "Inten" font.