Be Happy

Be Happy Zhikeziyi (只可自怡) means something like “the only thing to do is make yourself happy.” Chinese language chop with four white characters counter-clockwise from top right. This phrase was used on a chop by Gao Shiqi (1645-1703).

Qianhe (yin)

Qianhe (yin) Qianhe (千鶴) is the personal name in Chinese of the seal’s owner. Chinese language chop with two white characters from right to left. One of a set from eight boxed stones with different colors, shapes, and animal knobs. This stone is red, white, and grey with black streaks and a horse knob. The […]

Not Seeking Fame and Wealth

Not Seeking Fame and Wealth Danbomingzhi ningjingzhiyuan (淡泊明志寧靜致遠) means that “not seeking fame and wealth brings tranquility and lets you see far.” Chinese language chop with eight red characters from top to bottom and right to left. The stone was supplied by Nancy who purchased it in a coal producing region of China, where art […]

Qiu

Qiu Qiu (邱) is the [family] name of the seal’s owner. A Chinese language chop with one red character.

Mountain Forest Idler

Mountain Forest Idler Shanlin xianren (山林閒人) means something like “mountain forest idler” with shanlin also having the meaning of a place where a hermit lives and xianren having the meaning of someone who is unoccupied or unconcerned. Chinese language chop with four white characters counter-clockwise from top right.

One Acre Gardener

One Acre Gardener Shimuyuanding (十畝園丁) means “someone who gardens ten mu.” One mu is about 1/6 of an acre but I’ve rounded it down to one acre for the English title. Chinese language chop with four white characters from top to bottom and right to left.

Wang Gongyi

Wang Gongyi Wang Gongyi (王公懿) is the name of the chop’s owner. Chinese language chop with three characters, two in red, top to bottom, inside the outline of a white character. In other words, the family name Wang is the white background bordered by red with the personal name Gongyi as two red characters going […]

My Shanghai (yang)

My Shanghai (yang) Wuzhihu (吾之滬) means “my Shanghai” [Hu is a short name for Shanghai]. Chinese language chop with three red characters from top to bottom and right to left (clockwise from the upper right). One of a pair; this one is yang (red characters on a white background) and the other is yin (see: […]

My Shanghai (yin)

Wuzhihu (吾之滬) means “my Shanghai” [Hu is a short name for Shanghai]. Chinese language chop with three white characters from top to bottom and right to left (clockwise from the upper right). One of a pair; this one is yin (white characters on a red background) and the other is yang (see: cs268).