Painting: 30.8cm x 64.5cm ≈ 12" x 25¼"
Silk Scroll: 40cm x 120cm ≈ 15¾" x 47¼"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49cm ≈ 19¼"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
Chinese/Japanese Symbol Wall Scroll
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This is the simplest way to write wisdom in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Being a single character, the meaning is open to interpretation, and can also mean intellect or reason.
This character is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.
Beyond the title definitions, this also can mean, resourcefulness, or wit.
This character is sometimes included in the Bushido code, but usually not considered part of the seven key concepts of the code.
You may want to have a look at our Bushido - Code of the Samurai - Way of the Warrior web page.
If you want to find a different wisdom word or want to customize a special wisdom wall scroll, check out our Chinese and Japanese Wisdom Calligraphy page.
The artist's name is Cao Bin. He lives with his wife in Beijing, China. I actually met him through his wife who runs a small house-cleaning business in Beijing. So technically, he is my mother-in-law's maid's husband.
Cao Bin does mostly calligraphy, but I notices his bamboo was also quite good. I had him do several pieces for me. He's getting to be a bit famous for his calligraphy now. There's even a book in print that features his calligraphy. I was lucky enough to meet him just before his meteoric rise, so I have some guanxi (special relationship), so I get slightly better prices than any gallery manager that approaches him now. That savings is passed on to you (a quanxi trickle down if you will).
This is painted on xuan paper (often incorrectly called "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to my workshop in east Beijing where the master mounter built it into a handmade wall scroll.
This item was listed or modified
Jul 7th, 2016
Gary's random little things about China:
If you come to China, save your small change...
In Beijing, the government recently passed a law against charging money for using a public toilet.
However, in other cities and towns around China, expect to pay between 2-5 mao (about 3-5 cents) for the use.
Bring your own toilet paper, or expect to pay 5 mao for a small pack of tissue as you enter.
In my opinion, the best public toilet in all of China is at Tian'anmen Square.
This public restroom is not only clean, but also features its own gift shop.