We have many options to create artwork with the character/symbol for Snake / Serpent on a wall scroll or portrait.
See also: Chinese Zodiac and Animal Signs
龍蛇虎豹鶴 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu in a comfortable order (meaning that they are in the proper order and will simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).
毒蛇 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for viper.
毒蛇 can mean viper but may also refer to any poisonous snake or poisonous serpent.
蛇夫座 is the Chinese way to write Ophiuchus (serpent bearer) of western astrology.
Please note this version is only used in Chinese (not Japanese).
See Also: Chinese Zodiac
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|蛇||hebi||shé / she2 / she|
|Dragon Snake Tiger Leopard Crane||龍蛇虎豹鶴|
|ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru|
ryu hebi tora hyo tsuru
|lóng shé hǔ bào hè|
long2 she2 hu3 bao4 he4
long she hu bao he
|lung she hu pao ho
|Fire Snake||火蛇||hi hebi / hihebi||huǒ shé / huo3 she2 / huo she / huoshe|
|Viper||毒蛇||doku hebi / dokuhebi||dú shé / du2 she2 / du she / dushe||tu she / tushe|
|Wu Xing Fist||五形拳||gokeiken||wǔ xíng quán|
wu3 xing2 quan2
wu xing quan
|wu hsing ch`üan
wu hsing chüan
|Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol|
|蛇夫座||shé fū zuò|
she2 fu1 zuo4
she fu zuo
|she fu 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.
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.