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祖父 is a title for grandfather in Japanese. In Chinese, this is specifically paternal grandfather.
This title alone is not normal for a calligraphy wall scroll.
祖先崇拜 means "Appreciation and honor of your ancestors." This can refer to anyone from your grandparents and beyond.
The first two characters mean ancestors or forefathers.
The last two characters mean adore, worship, adoration, or admiration.
祖先崇拜 is the kind of wall scroll that a filial son or daughter in China or Japan would hang to honor their ancestors who paved the way for the new generation.
Japanese use a slight variation on the last Kanji. If you want this specifically Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image to the right (instead of the button above). Note that Japanese people would easily be able to identify the original Chinese form of that Kanji anyway.
They also have a similar phrase in old Korean but the first two characters are reversed - just let me know if you want that version when you place your order.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Grandfather||祖父||so fu / sofu||zǔ fù / zu3 fu4 / zu fu / zufu||tsu fu / tsufu|
|Loving Grandfather||慈祥的外公||cí xiáng de wài gōng|
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 gong1
ci xiang de wai gong
|tz`u hsiang te wai kung
tzu hsiang te wai kung
|Loving Grandfather||慈祥的外祖父||cí xiáng de wài zǔ fù|
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 zu3 fu4
ci xiang de wai zu fu
|tz`u hsiang te wai tsu fu
tzu hsiang te wai tsu fu
|Loving Grandfather||慈祥的祖父||cí xiáng de zǔ fù|
ci2 xiang2 de zu3 fu4
ci xiang de zu fu
|tz`u hsiang te tsu fu
tzu hsiang te tsu fu
|cí xiáng de yé ye|
ci2 xiang2 de ye2 ye
ci xiang de ye ye
|tz`u hsiang te yeh yeh
tzu hsiang te yeh yeh
|cí xiáng de lǎo ye|
ci2 xiang2 de lao3 ye
ci xiang de lao ye
|tz`u hsiang te lao yeh
tzu hsiang te lao yeh
|qín ài de lǎo ye|
qin2 ai4 de lao3 ye
qin ai de lao ye
|ch`in ai te lao yeh
chin ai te lao yeh
|qín ài de wài gōng|
qin2 ai4 de wai4 gong1
qin ai de wai gong
|ch`in ai te wai kung
chin ai te wai kung
|qín ài de wài zǔ fù|
qin2 ai4 de wai4 zu3 fu4
qin ai de wai zu fu
|ch`in ai te wai tsu fu
chin ai te wai tsu fu
|qín ài de zǔ fù|
qin2 ai4 de zu3 fu4
qin ai de zu fu
|ch`in ai te tsu fu
chin ai te tsu fu
|qín ài de yé ye|
qin2 ai4 de ye2 ye
qin ai de ye ye
|ch`in ai te yeh yeh
chin ai te yeh yeh
|Honor for Ancestors||祖先崇拜|
祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
|so sen suu hai|
so sen su hai
|zǔ xiān chóng bài|
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
zu xian chong bai
|tsu hsien ch`ung pai
tsu hsien chung pai
|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.
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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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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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