Wednesday, March 20, 2013

T is for tú zhāng 图章 (chop, seal)

Four kids in the class have name chops from their visit in China. They are all carved from fine stone, exquisite with the figure of their animal year.  
图 means picture and 章 means chop. A tú zhāng, which is also known as a chop, is a stamp of a person's name. The chop is usually carved by hand and made of bamboo, wood, or fine stone. The chop is dipped in red paste and used for the signing of important papers.
This is the picture of an imperial jade seal of famed Chinese Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) of the Qing Dynasty.
The seal was made of Hetian jade, China's best quality jade, in 1790 to mark Qianlong's 80th birthday and the 55th year of his reign.
It's time to make our own name chop! It's easy and safe. Use pencil to write their Chinese name on a piece of foam, then tape it on a block. It's done! Use the stamp ink and press down. They also made some picture stamp. Look at this cute bunny!


They drew on a scroll of paper what they learned about China and then put their name chops on it. Love it!

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