Artwork Panel: 31.9cm x 32cm ≈ 12½" x 12½"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.9cm x 42cm ≈ 16½" x 16½"
Means "Good Fortune" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Used most often in Chinese culture.
This is a good luck symbol that you will find on the front doors of many traditional homes in China.
This one is a little nicer than the ones on most doors since it is hand painted calligraphy done by a talented artist/calligrapher.
This Character is pronounced "Fu" in Chinese.
This work is shown right side up. But you might want to hang it upside down in your home as most Chinese people do. When hung upside down, it means "dao" or 'come' - roughly this means luck coming to you. It is similar to what we do in the west when we hang a horseshoe with the open end up to 'keep the luck in'.
One legend in China holds that this symbol will keep the "Goddess of Poverty" away from your home.
The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful portrait with silk brocade border.
This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".