cs187

Chinese seal 187 Longyou 龍友 means “dragon friend.” Chinese language chop with two red characters from right to left, with two characters looking like three. Image is not to scale.

  • Inscription: 龍友
  • Pinyin: long you
  • Collection: Nancy Friedemann
  • Material: (deer) antler
  • Carver’s mark: 魯 二0一0
  • Size: 2 x 1.7 cm.
  • Date: September 2010
  • Registry: cs187

The characters start to break up a bit in the center because the antler from which the seal was carved has a soft core and doesn’t take detail well. Deer are a symbol of long life in China, and Chinese dragons are depicted with the horns of a deer.