Peaceful Chinese Bamboo Wall Scroll
156cm
61½"
50.9cm
20"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 32.7cm x 99.7cm  ≈  12¾" x 39¼"

Silk/Brocade: 41.9cm x 156cm  ≈  16½" x 61½"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.9cm  ≈  20"

Peaceful Chinese Bamboo Wall Scroll close up view

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

竹報平安

Bamboo - Safe and Sound

The Chinese title written on this artwork means "Bamboo [the sign of a] Safe and Peaceful [place]". It's better-translated as "Bamboo - Safe and Sound."
Sometimes, the context of this title can mean to send a message home to your loved ones to tell them you are safe in your travels (people used to write such notes on bamboo slips before paper was invented).

Also written on the painting artist's signature and red chop mark.


About the artist:

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).


More about the painting:

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.