ZAOC Custom Stone Seal

Steve Wishman
December 12, 2022

Really happy to receive this custom red ink stamp of the Zen an the Art of Caregiving logo by Baisimu who I discovered through their Etsy store! I originally designed the ZAOC logo as an homage to the traditional Korean Dojang seal ("chop"), and decided to get an actual stone seal made this Xmas. It came out beautiful and now I have a fun way to stamp and sign custom prints! ♥

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The seal was first introduced to Korea in approximately 2nd century BC. The remaining oldest record of its usage in Korea is that kings of Buyeo used a royal seal (oksae: 옥새, 玉璽) which bore the inscription of Seal of the King of Ye (濊王之印, 예왕지인).

The use of seals became popular during the Three Kingdoms of Korea period. Seals are still commonly used in South Korea. Most Koreans have personal seals, and every government agency and commercial corporation has its own seals to use in public documents. While signing is also accepted, many Koreans think it is more formal to use seals in public documents. In 2008, the Constitutional Court of South Korea upheld a Supreme court judgement that a signed handwritten will without a registered seal was invalid.Korean seals are made of wood, jade, or sometimes ivory for more value. State Seals were generally made of gold or high-quality jade. There are rare cases of bronze or steel seals.

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Steve Wishman

Steve Wishman is the founder of Zen and the Art of Caregiving, and author/illustrator of How Mom Died, a webcomic/memoir chronicling his experiences as a caregiver for his mother at the end of her life.