For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Painting: 32.3cm x 32.3cm ≈ 12¾" x 12¾"
Silk Border: 41.5cm x 41.5cm ≈ 16¼" x 16¼"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
Chinese Calligraphy Portrait
This Chinese character is "wu" (it's "bu" in Japanese, with the same meaning) which means warrior spirit or military, and it closely identified with Kung Fu (Gong Fu).
In fact, many will argue that a word made by combining "wu" with the character "shu" means Kung Fu. You may have heard of "wu shu" competitions.
If you go to your Chinese/English dictionary, "wu shu" is usually translated as "martial arts".
If you are looking for a gift for a friend who practices Kung Fu, this is it.
I have also seen this character painted on the walls of Kung Fu studios around the world, so if you practice Kung Fu, this can also make a great gift of honor to your master.
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 portrait with silk brocade border.
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".
This item was listed or modified
Apr 19th, 2013
Gary's random little things about China:
If you order Peking Roast Duck, you should do so only in Beijing, China (anywhere else, it's just not the same).
A hot tip: Always ask how long it will take before the duck is served.
If they tell you any timeframe less than 30 minutes, change your mind and order the Kung Pao Chicken (Gong Bao Ji Ding) instead.
The reason: If they can serve Beijing Roast Duck in less than 30 minutes, that means you are getting "pre-cooked" duck.
If you have to "duck the duck", next time look for a restaurant with ducks hanging over an open wood fire.