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Category: Ancient Chinese Philosophy Art

The Mighty Army General
Ancient Chinese Philosophy Wall Scroll


The Mighty Army General - Ancient Chinese Philosophy Wall Scroll
91.7cm
36"
49.1cm
19¼"

Approximate Measurements

Painting: 31.8cm x 31.5cm  ≈  12½" x 12½"

Silk Scroll: 40.1cm x 91.7cm  ≈  15¾" x 36"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.1cm  ≈  19¼"

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The Mighty Army General - Ancient Chinese Philosophy Wall Scroll close up view

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

This painting depicts the ancient Chinese philosophy that even the mightiest general in the army is a loving father, husband and family man when he is home just like other men.

It is also suggested is that a man's responsibilities at home are as important as his obligations at work no matter his stature in society.

In the picture, a great and powerful general of perhaps the Shang Dynasty (17th - 11th century B.C.) has returned from all of his important professional military obligations and is home playing with his son which is just as important in one's life.

Not your typical "Sun Tzu Art of War" lesson.

The Chinese characters read:
"qi jin gong ai qi you ai zi.
- San Yang."


The Materials...

Painted with watercolor and special Chinese ink on handmade xuan paper (rice paper) with gold flecks/flakes. The paper itself is handmade in a process that takes more than a year to complete.

We've been doing some experiments with mounting some of these philosophy art paintings to wall scrolls. I don't know if this will become a regular item or not. This one is mounted with an antique-style two-tone silk cloth combination. This is very much the style you would see in China hundreds of years ago - a very classic style. See: How we make our wall scrolls.


About This Collection of Chinese Philosophy Art

This painting is from the San Yang Collection, a great series of paintings that depict various folklore, stories, and philosophies of Chinese culture.

I have translated the stories of these paintings into English with the personal help of the artist.

The artist and I meet for Chinese tea and discussions of Western and Easter Philosophy

The artist and I meet in her home for Chinese tea
and discussions of Western and Easter Philosophy

This work was done in Beijing, China by Zhang Xiuzhen whose pen name is "San Yang".

She is a rather famous artist in northern China and has been painting since 1958.
Her work has been seen in many international exhibitions around the world over the last decade.

This is known as "free-hand style" painting.
This style of painting is done quickly with broad and powerful strokes. But often with a half-dry brush. This is a very specific technique that this artist has mastered, and many try to copy.

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Jul 30th, 2011

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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.

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