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獅子 is how to write "lion" in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.
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.
While known in the west as fu dogs or foo dogs, these are actually guardian lions.
These are the lion statues traditionally placed at the entrance of Chinese imperial palaces, imperial tombs, temples, and high-ranking officials' homes. These days, you are more likely to see them at the entrance to a fancy Chinese restaurant.
This title actually means, "stone lion(s)".
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."
鷹頭獅 is the Chinese title for a Griffin.
This refers to the legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes also spelled Gryphon or Griffon. From the Greek γρύφων or γρύπων, or Latin Gryphus.
This Chinese title, 鷹頭獅, literally means, "Eagle Head Lion."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|shishi||shī zǐ / shi1 zi3 / shi zi / shizi||shih tzu / shihtzu|
|豹||hyou / hyo||bào / bao4 / bao||pao|
|shi shi shin ou|
shi shi shin o
|Lion Dance||獅子舞||shi shi mai|
|shi shi ou / shishiou / shi shi o / shishio||shī zǐ wáng|
shi1 zi3 wang2
shi zi wang
|shih tzu wang
|shī xīn / shi1 xin1 / shi xin / shixin||shih hsin / shihhsin|
|wǔ shī / wu3 shi1 / wu shi / wushi||wu shih / wushih|
|shí shī zi|
shi2 shi1 zi5
shi shi zi
|shih shih tzu
|cí shī / ci2 shi1 / ci shi / cishi||tz`u shih / tzushih / tzu shih|
|yīng tóu shī|
ying1 tou2 shi1
ying tou shi
|ying t`ou shih
ying tou shih
|Leo Zodiac Symbol|
|shishi-za||shī zǐ zuò|
shi1 zi3 zuo4
shi zi zuo
|shih tzu tso
|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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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.
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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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