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Category: Chinese Character & Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls

Bees
Flowing Calligraphy Poem Wall Scroll


Bees - Flowing Calligraphy Poem Wall Scroll
166cm
65¼"
50.5cm
19¾"

Approximate Measurements

Painting: 32.4cm x 106cm  ≈  12¾" x 41¾"

Silk Scroll: 41.5cm x 166cm  ≈  16¼" x 65¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.5cm  ≈  19¾"

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Bees

By Luo Yin (833-909 A.D.)

Bees - Flowing Calligraphy Poem Wall Scroll close up view

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

This poem about bees making honey was written over 1200 years ago during the Tang Dynasty of China. Here is the translation:


Whether on mountain or rolling plain,
Making honey means a visit to every flower in sight.
To cover great terrain.
Great labor at whose command and whose delight.


About the calligraphy style...

This style of calligraphy is a flowing caoshu. The word cao means "grass" and shu means "script" or "writing". In English, this is often translated as "cursive". In this style, each character flows into the next. Instead of distinct strokes as seen with more conventional characters, you'll see just one almost-continuous stroke. Because of the special cursive nature, many Chinese people probably can't read this poem without some hints or help.



About the artist...

Xu Xueqin

Calligraphy artist Xu Xue-Qin practicing his art

The artist's name is 許 學 勤 (Xu Xue-Qin) of Jia Shan, which is in Zhenjiang Province of Southern China. He currently works as a school teacher in Jia Shan. Along with teaching, writing calligraphy is his passion.

Xu Xue-Qin is far beyond a hobbyist calligrapher. His calligraphy has been awarded and certified for its quality (see certificate below from a nation-wide calligraphy competition, May 2010). His calligraphy was also chosen for the cover of a widely-read magazine, The World of Weiqi. His calligraphy is also featured in calligraphy textbooks. On weekends and evenings, he can be found teaching calligraphy at a local art school.

Note: I do have a bit of guanxi with this calligrapher which allows me to offer his work to you at a very special price. He happens to be my wife's uncle.
-Gary.


World of Weiqi

Xu Xue-Qin's work featured on the front cover
of The World of Weiqi magazine.

Xu Xueqin's certificate

About the artwork and wall scroll...

The artwork was painted on Chinese xuan paper (known incorrectly as "rice paper" in the west). This is a high-quality handmade paper which is based on mostly cotton pulp.

This artwork was taken to our workshop in Beijing where we mounted it as a nice two-toned silk brocade wall scroll. We use more xuan paper, silk brocade, brass hardware, wood, other paper products, and our specially-made solid-wood knobs to build our wall scrolls.

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Sep 20th, 2010

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Gary's random little things about China:

Where's my soy sauce?

When you sit down to eat at a restaurant in China, you will almost never see a bottle of soy sauce on the table like you might at a Chinese restaurant in the USA or UK.
In Chinese cooking culture, soy sauce is a seasoning reserved for use in the kitchen.
The fact that soy sauce can be found at Chinese restaurants outside of China probably comes from westerner confusion between Japanese food and Chinese food.
The most popular Japanese food outside of Japan is sushi, which of course is always served with soy sauce. This is the most likely reason that soy sauce migrated out of the kitchen on onto the table at your Chinese restaurant in the west.

Typical Gallery Price: $130.00

$58.88

SOLD