Pure Heart

Qingxin 清心 means to empty one’s mind of worries, have peace of mind, purify the heart, or to have a pure heart. Chinese language chop with two white characters from right to left. Image is not to scale. Inscription: 清心 Pinyin: qing xin Material: white translucent calcite Carver’s mark: 清心 魯可思 Size: 1.8 x 1.4 […]

Great Way

Dadao 大道 means the “wide road;” the way of virtue and justice; the Great Dao; or the Great Way. Chinese language chop with two white characters from right to left. Image is not to scale. Inscription: 大道 Pinyin: da dao Material: marble Carver’s mark: 大道/魯 Size: 1.5 x 1.9 cm. Date: 2011 Registry: cs180

Free and Natural

Chaoyi 超逸 means to be free and natural, above worldly desires, or detached from worldly affairs. Chinese language chop with two white characters from left to right made to look like four. Image is not to scale. Inscription: 超逸 Pinyin: chao yi Material: black steatite Size: 1.3 x 2 cm. Date: 2010 Registry: cs125 “Very […]

Au

Ou 區 is the mandarin transliteration for the family name of the owner of the chop who is from Hong Kong and therefore uses primarily the Cantonese dialect. She spells her family name in English as “Au.” This is one of a set of three seals carved into the end of the arms of a […]

East and West

Yizhongyixi 亦中亦西 means “also Chinese also Western” or, in other words, “both east and west.” Chinese language seal with three white characters from top to bottom. Image is not to scale. Inscription: 亦中亦西 Pinyin: yi zhong yi xi Collection: Laurie Balmuth Material: creamy white steatite with reddish streaks Carver’s mark: For Laurie B. \ Stone […]

PIne Heart

Songxin 松心, literally “pine heart,” means relaxed, carefree, or to have ease of mind. Chinese language seal with two white characters from top to bottom. Image is not to scale. Inscription: 松心 Pinyin: song xin Material: black steatite? with white banding Size: 1.8 x 1.2 cm Date: 2010 Registry: cs074

Moon

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Moon English language seal with “moon” in white characters from left to right, top to bottom. Image is not to scale. Inscription: moon Collection: Paul Moon Material: white translucent banded calcite Carver’s mark: Lvke Size: 2.3 cm. D Date: May 2008

Luxiong

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Luxiong Luxiong 魯兄 means “elder brother Lu.” One of my classmates calls me by this title, not because I’m older, but as a polite way of paying respect. Chinese language seal with two white characters from top to bottom. Image is not to scale. Pinyin: lu xiong Collection: Lu Kesi Size: 2.7 x 1 cm. […]