Signs for SEAL

There are different signs for 'seal' -- some with classifiers, depending on what subjects or objects are. Here is one example.

Meaning: to keep it secret; seal one's lips.

E.g. "I promise I will keep it secret."

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Meaning: fasten or close securely -- seal the envelope.

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Meaning: a piece of wax, lead, or other material with an individual design or mark stamped into it, attached to a document as evidence of authenticity.

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Deaf Culture and Sign Writing

Seal stamp in Japanese name
"Seal Stamp" stone craved by Jolanta Lapiak, 2010.

While staying in Japan for a few months, I learned how to write my name in Japanese and crave several seal stones in 2008.

Years later, when ASL writing emerged, I finally was able to write my name in ASL writing. Inspired by the Japanese-style seal stamp, my stone was craved with my name sign in ASL writing.

Seal stamp in Japanese name
"Seal Stamp" designed/written by Jolanta Lapiak. Stamp for wax, 2018

When not using the Japanese-style red paste, I created another Western-style seal stamp craved in my name sign in ASL writing coupled with my name in alphabet for wax.

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