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Category: Chinese Character & Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls

BETTER HAPPY THAN RICH Ancient Chinese Proverb Wall Scroll


BETTER HAPPY THAN RICH Ancient Chinese Proverb Wall Scroll
153cm
60¼"
49.5cm
19½"

Approximate Measurements

Painting: 31.5cm x 97cm  ≈  12½" x 38¼"

Silk Scroll: 40.5cm x 153cm  ≈  16" x 60¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.5cm  ≈  19½"

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安貧樂道

It's Better to be Happy than Rich

"An Pin Le Dao"

BETTER HAPPY THAN RICH Ancient Chinese Proverb Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

Gary holds 4-character Chinese calligraphy scroll

The scroll in this
picture is almost as
long as the one
shown above.
As you can see,
it's a great size to
hang on your wall.

"Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

... Satisfaction, happiness, and the meaning of your life comes from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world".

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character idiomatic phrases which express some very old philosophies.

Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the amount to money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high, will almost always be disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, and seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your personal worth by the size of your bank account.

If you would like to customize and purchase a wall scroll with this calligraphy phrase, please see our Better to be Happy than Rich - Custom Chinese Calligraphy page.

This hanging scroll is really nice since it doesn't require framing. Just hang it on your wall as Chinese people have done for centuries.


About the artist:

This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".


About the materials and construction of this wall scroll:

The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful silk brocade wall scroll. Except for the use of a lathe to turn the wooden knobs, this wall scroll is virutally 100% handmade from start to finish (even the paper is made by hand).


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Jul 1st, 2016

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Gary's random little things about China:

Crossing the Street: Human Frogger in China

If you are from my generation, you may remember the video game called "Frogger". It involved crossing a busy road while narrowly dodging cars and truck, often both in front of and behind you at the same time.

Well you can play real live Frogger every time you cross the street in China. It is perfectly normal to cross a four or six-lane road, one lane at a time. You stand motionless on the white, dashed line between lanes as cars and trucks whiz by you on both sides with only inches to spare. When the next lane is clear, you advance (there is no retreat in this game, that could get you killed, since drivers in China would never expect that).

If you did this in America, drivers would come to a screeching halt and think you were crazy (they might even tell you so, using colorful words and hand gestures). It is simply a different culture, or rather a different way of doing things in modern Chinese culture.

Typical Gallery Price: $100.00

Your Price: $49.88