I am researching ancient chinese calligraphy and am very interested to know what the red stamps/characters mean that are next to or sometimes behind the text.

That’s the artist’s signature.

 

2 Responses to In Chinese Calligraphy, what are the red stamps next to the ink characters?

  1. Happiness In Idiocy says:

    That’s the artist’s signature.
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  2. Vince M says:

    It is the calligrapher’s "chop," or the stamp, (usually a wood block stamp) that represents his signature.
    References :
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