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Your Chinese / Japanese Calligraphy Search for "Cat"...

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  1. Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat
  2. Cat / Pussycat
  3. Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice
  4. Cheetah
  5. Leopard / Panther / Jaguar
  6. Lion
  7. Lioness
  8. Roar of the Lioness
  9. Giant Panda
10. Panda Bear
11. Catholic


Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat

China xiǎo māo
Japan koneko
Kitten / Young Cat / Little Cat Wall Scroll

小猫 / 小貓 means kitten (literally: little cat) in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

Cat / Pussycat

China māo
Japan neko
Cat / Pussycat Wall Scroll

猫 / 貓 means cat or pussy. A common name for feline friends in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.


貓There is a more complex alternate form of this cat character. If you want this form, please click on the character at the right, instead of the button above.

Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice

Ability is more important than looks
China bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: It doesn't matter [if a] cat [is] black [or] white, [as long as it] can catch mice, it's a good cat.

This proverb was either composed or made famous by Deng XiaoPing in 1961 when he exclaimed, "I don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. It's a good cat so long as it catches mice" when his critics pointed out that his ideas were Capitalistic (free market). The response was meant to say, "It does not matter if it's Communist or Capitalist, as long as it works."

This Chinese proverb can be used to suggest one should disregard looks or a person's race, as long as they can do the job. It can also be used as a metaphor for many other situations.


Deng XiaoPing probably saved China from collapse (as the Soviet Union experienced). He changed China's economy from pure Communism to a hybrid where the free market (Capitalism) is encouraged. More about Deng XiaoPing

Cheetah

China liè bào
Cheetah Wall Scroll

獵豹 is the Chinese title for the cheetah.

Cheetah

Japan shuryouhyou
Cheetah Wall Scroll

狩猟豹 is cheetah in Japanese Kanji.

Leopard / Panther / Jaguar

China bào
Japan hyou
Leopard / Panther / Jaguar Wall Scroll

豹 is the Chinese and Japanese word for the big cat known as a leopard, panther or Jaguar.

This can refer to most cats of the Panthera genus as well as the Puma genus (but this is not used for most kinds of lions, except smaller ones like the mountain lion).

Because Jaguars are not native to Asia, the characters for "American continent" is usually added before this character to specifically designate a Jaguar.

This also kind of means Panther or Leopard in Korean Hanja but in modern Korean, they add a Hangul character to complete the word.

Lion

China shī zǐ
Japan shishi
Lion Wall Scroll

獅子 is how to write "lion" in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.

Lion

China xióng shī
Lion Wall Scroll

雄獅 is how to write "lion" in Chinese.

Lioness

China cí shī
Lioness Wall Scroll

雌獅 is how to write "lioness" in Chinese.

Note: 雌獅 is not a very common title for a wall scroll in China. Perhaps because lions are not indigenous to China. Though oddly enough, rarity of lions made them very prized - and lion dances are a popular festival attraction.
If you do see name of this species of animal written on a wall scroll, it's more likely to be the masculine form of "lion."

Roar of the Lioness

China hé dōng shī hǒu
Roar of the Lioness Wall Scroll

河東獅吼 is actually a proverb and joke about the plight and fear of a hen-pecked husband.

In more ancient times it was used to describe a wife who would berate her husband or go into jealous rages. However, this phrase currently brings about ideas of a husband that cowers in fear and cringes when his wife screams (or roars) at him.

Please only purchase this as a good-natured joke. If your wife or husband does not have a good sense of humor, it's probably not a good idea to hang this on your wall just to irritate your mate.

Giant Panda

China dà xióng māo
Giant Panda Wall Scroll

大熊貓 is how to write "giant panda" in Chinese. 大熊貓 is specific to the "giant panda" which has black and white fur. Not to be confused with other types of smaller pandas in China.

The literal meaning of these characters is "great/big bear cat." Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears."


Note: In Japanese, they only express Giant Panda in Katakana, which is ジャイアント パンダ” (Jaianto Panda). So we have not included that for wall scroll orders.

Panda Bear

China xióng māo
Panda Bear Wall Scroll

熊貓 is how to write "panda" in Chinese. 熊貓 is kind of a generic term that is applied to all pandas. When most people think of panda bears, they are really thinking of the "giant panda" which has black and white fur.

The literal meaning of these characters are "bear cat." Chinese do, in fact, think of pandas as "cat-like bears."

Catholic

Japan katorikku
Catholic Wall Scroll

加特力 is the Japanese title for Catholic.

This can refer to a person, or the church. It is meant to sound like the western word "Catholic." It sounds like "cat-toe-ree-cou."




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kitten
Young Cat
Little Cat
小猫 / 小貓
小猫
konekoxiǎo māo / xiao3 mao1 / xiao mao / xiaomao hsiao mao / hsiaomao
Cat
Pussycat
猫 / 貓
nekomāo / mao1 / mao
Black or white cat matters not as long as it can catch mice 不管黑貓白貓能捉著老鼠的就是好貓
不管黑猫白猫能捉着老鼠的就是好猫
bù guǎn hēi māo bái māo néng zhuō zhe lǎo shǔ de jiù shì hǎo mǎo
bu4 guan3 hei1 mao1 bai2 mao1 neng2 zhuo1 zhe lao3 shu3 de jiu4 shi4 hao3 mao3
bu guan hei mao bai mao neng zhuo zhe lao shu de jiu shi hao mao
pu kuan hei mao pai mao neng cho che lao shu te chiu shih hao mao
Cheetah 獵豹
猎豹
liè bào / lie4 bao4 / lie bao / liebao lieh pao / liehpao
Cheetah 狩猟豹shuryouhyou
shuryohyo
Leopard
Panther
Jaguar
hyou / hyobào / bao4 / bao pao
Lion 獅子
狮子
shishishī zǐ / shi1 zi3 / shi zi / shizi shih tzu / shihtzu
Lion 雄獅
雄狮
xióng shī
xiong2 shi1
xiong shi
xiongshi
hsiung shih
hsiungshih
Lioness 雌獅
雌狮
cí shī / ci2 shi1 / ci shi / cishi tz`u shih / tzushih / tzu shih
Roar of the Lioness 河東獅吼
河东狮吼
hé dōng shī hǒu
he2 dong1 shi1 hou3
he dong shi hou
hedongshihou
ho tung shih hou
hotungshihhou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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