Artwork Panel: 62.5cm x 130cm ≈ 24½" x 51¼"
Silk/Brocade: 72.7cm x 186cm ≈ 28½" x 73¼"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 81.7cm ≈ 32¼"Information about caring for your wall scroll
The Chinese title is "Guifei Enjoys the Flowers".
In Chinese culture, there are four famous beautiful woman of China.
They are thought to be the most beautiful and significant woman of China's ancient history.
Although the stories about these woman are based on fact, they are also steeped in legend.
These woman have remained famous through history because of the drastic effects on the emperors, kings, and kingdoms with whom they were bound.
Some of the beauties brought kingdoms and dynasties to their knees.
Most of the beauties had lives that ended in tragedy or mystery.
The legend and history of these woman has inspired Chinese artists for generations to create paintings that depict these four famous beauties of ancient China.
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This woman was born as "Yang Yu-Huan" she later became known in history as "Yang Gui-Fei".
To break down the meaning:
Yang = Her family name
Gui = Precious
Fei = Concubine
Therefore you can call her, "Precious Concubine" in English.
...because "concubine" is was not such a bad term in ancient China, you might call her, "The Precious Beauty".
Yang Gui-Fei was selected by the emperor (during the Tang Dynasty) to become one of his concubines. She soon became the only woman that the emperor wanted.
Because he was so taken with her beauty he neglected his duties as emperor, and spent all of his time with her.
Soon stability of the country crumbled around him. This beautiful woman and her alluring and charming ways had left an empire in ruins.
The emperor lost everything because of his captivation by this beautiful and addictive woman.
Later, the people around the kingdom, knowing the effect she had on the emperor, killed her.
Knowing this fact, it almost makes you want to rename her, "The Deadly Beauty of China".
There lessons to be learned from both sides of this story.
This was painted and is signed by (Liu Qian) of Guilin China.
Like many artists in China, she likes to paint images of the Ancient Four Beauties of China.
This painting is titled "Guifei Enjoys the Flowers". Along with that title, the rest of the characters include the year painted (2006) and the artist's signature.
This is painted on xuan paper (rice paper), I later took it back to our workshop in Beijing and had it mounted by hand to a silk wall scroll.
This item was listed or modified
Mar 11th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
Parking your car on the sidewalk is legal in most places in China. I am talking fully on the sidewalk, and fully blocking the sidewalk, so that nobody can walk there at all. After all, there is a perfectly good roadway for pedestrians and cars to share just past the edge of the sidewalk - right?
In many urban areas, there is a sidewalk parking attendant who will ensure that you park in such a way that no one can use the sidewalk at all. They will also charge a fee of 2 Yuan (26 cents) for up to a full day of sidewalk parking privileges.
The green light means "go". The Yellow light means "20 more cars should enter the intersection". The red light means "5 more cars enter the intersection and become a nuisance to pedestrians trying to cross the street".
Actually, the green light means "Try to go, but you'll probably have to wait for the yellow or red light before you get your chance".
If you get in a car accident, it's best to argue briefly with the other driver, and then both drive away. When the police get involved, everyone gets fined, and someone might lose their license. The fines are generally higher than what it will cost to fix your car, so hanging around to exchange insurance information is rare in minor fender-benders.
If your car is too damaged to drive away, you are screwed. The police own and operate all of the tow trucks in most Chinese cities. You will be fined, charged for towing, charged an impound fee, and may lose your license.
On long stretches of highway, police checkpoints are occasionally set up. They may be stopping drivers and summarily fining them for wearing sunglasses or talking on a mobile phone while driving. However, in the next stretch of highway, another police checkpoint may be issuing fines for driving without sunglasses.
Under certain circumstances, and if you are really unlucky, drivers who get in injury accidents while drunk may be executed. If you are caught drinking and driving just once, you will be fined, and will probably lose your drivers license for the rest of your life.
Thus, drunk driving has become very rare in China.