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Xiling Seal Art Society

The Xiling Seal Art Society is a Chinese arts organisation based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. It was founded in 1904 but with antecedents dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, is one of China's most important traditional stone seal engraving associations. In South China, the major three schools of seal engraving during these periods were Hui School, Zhe School, and Hai School.

The Zhe School first became famous and influential during the Qianlong era of the Qing dynasty. The main founder of this school was Ding Jing. Ding made his school the dominant seal engraving school during his time. Because Ding was a native of Xiling and active in Xiling for a long time, a society was later formally organized with its headquarters in Xiling, named the Xiling Seal Society.

Before the establishment of the society, there were many local or small-sized organizations or artists groups existing, especially in Zhejiang and Shanghai, however, it was not formally registered nor recognized by the government. The seal artists from different schools and places first founded the Xiling Seal Society as a large/national and academic society of learning, research and art in 1904. The first board of directors included Ding Ren, Wang Shi, Wu Yin and Ye Ming.

The society has several museums of seals and seal-related arts on the mountain. It also owns many old buildings mainly built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are also a pool and several caves on the mountain. Every year, there many artists get together discussing art in the society. The artists are mainly from Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore. There are also many exhibitions and activities on the mountain annually. The famous China Academy of Art is also not far from the site of the society. The Zhongshan Park of Hangzhou is quite nearby. Now the society and its facilities are listed as one of the National Historic Site & Cultural Heritage under State Protection of the People's Republic of China.

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