We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Lion on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Lion wall scroll, this is the place. Below you will find a few Asian symbols that express the idea of Lion.
2. Lion Dance
3. Lion King
6. Lion Heart
8. Lion Judo
獅子 is how to write “lion” in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja.
獅子 is also lion in Chinese, but more informal. The more literary title, 雄獅, would be better for Chinese calligraphy.
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, the rarity of lions made them very prized - and lion dances are a popular festival attraction.
If you see the name of this animal species written on a wall scroll, it's more likely to be the masculine form of “lion.”
河東獅吼 is actually a proverb and joke about the plight and fear of a hen-pecked husband.
In 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 to irritate your mate.
獅子柔道 is the title for Lion Judo.
This should be considered just a Japanese title, though it is pronounceable and makes sense in Chinese and Korean - so I have included the romanization for those languages above.
獅子座 is the Chinese and Japanese way to write Leo (lion) of western astrology.
See Also: Chinese Zodiac
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.
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|
|wǔ shī / wu3 shi1 / wu shi / wushi||wu shih / wushih|
|Lion Dance||獅子舞||shi shi mai|
|shi shi ou / shishiou / shi shi o||shī zǐ wáng|
shi1 zi3 wang2
shi zi wang
|shih tzu wang
|lì ào nèi ěr|
li4 ao4 nei4 er3
li ao nei er
|li ao nei erh
|cí shī / ci2 shi1 / ci shi / cishi||tz`u shih / tzushih / tzu shih|
|shī xīn / shi1 xin1 / shi xin / shixin||shih hsin / shihhsin|
|shi shi shin ou|
shi shi shin o
|The Roar of the Lioness||河東獅吼|
|hé dōng shī hǒu|
he2 dong1 shi1 hou3
he dong shi hou
|ho tung shih hou
|shi shi juu dou|
shi shi ju do
|shī zi róu dào|
shi1 zi5 rou2 dao4
shi zi rou dao
|shih tzu jou tao
|Leo Zodiac Symbol|
|shishi-za||shī zǐ zuò|
shi1 zi3 zuo4
shi zi zuo
|shih tzu tso
|豹||hyou / hyo||bào / bao4 / bao||pao|
|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.
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.
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.