Click the "Customize" button next to your name below to start your personalized Mary-ann calligraphy artwork...
聖母 is the title for the Holy Mother, Madonna, or Virgin Mary as used by Catholic Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people. I think this would be a very cool wall scroll for a devout Catholic who also appreciates Asian artwork and language.
Note: Koreans often put a third character after these two which creates a title that means "Hail Mary," however, this character is not added, or used in the same way in Japanese or Chinese. If you want that Korean title, just let me know, and we'll add that character for you. The two-character title shown to the left is universal, so I think it's the best choice.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|mǎ lì ān|
ma3 li4 an1
ma li an
|Mary-Ann||メアリーアン||meariian / mearian|
|Mary||メアリー||mearii / meari|
|Ann||安||ān / an1 / an|
|ān mǎ lì|
an1 ma3 li4
an ma li
|seibo||shèng mǔ / sheng4 mu3 / sheng mu / shengmu|
|kǎi lì ān|
kai3 li4 an1
kai li an
|k`ai li an
kai li an
|mǎ lí / ma3 li2 / ma li / mali|
|mǎ lì gé léi sī|
ma3 li4 ge2 lei2 si1
ma li ge lei si
|ma li ko lei ssu
|mǎ lí lù|
ma3 li2 lu4
ma li lu
|mǎ lì luó sī|
ma3 li4 luo2 si1
ma li luo si
|ma li lo ssu
|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.