Painting: 31.4cm x 64.5cm ≈ 12¼" x 25¼"
Silk Scroll: 40.3cm x 119.7cm ≈ 15¾" x 47"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.3cm ≈ 19½"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
Calligraphy Wall Scroll
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This is the Chinese/Japanese/Korean character for "Ai" which is "Love".
This may be hard to imagine as a westerner, but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize the family & marriage.
The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is "xin" which is the character for "heart" in Chinese and Japanese. I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.
The strokes at the bottom create a modified "you" character which means "friend". (pronounced like "yo" - to call someone "friend" you'd use two characters and it would sound like "pung-yo" using English pronunciation rules).
I suppose you could say that the full meaning of "Ai" is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.
A simple phrase in Chinese in which this word is used is:
This is pronounced roughly "wha eye knee" using English words/rules of pronunciation.
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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.
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Nov 30th, 2016
Gary's random little things about China:
You can search long and hard, in every drugstore and sundries market in China, and you will not find underarm deodorant for sale anywhere.
After traveling all over China, I know this to be true everywhere in China except Hong Kong.
If you ask a Chinese person why there is no deodorant for sale, they will tell you plainly, "Chinese people do not smell bad".
My reply is, "Have you never been on a crowded bus in the summer?"