Artwork Panel: 32.5cm x 107cm ≈ 12¾" x 42"
Silk/Brocade: 41.4cm x 163cm ≈ 16¼" x 64¼"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.4cm ≈ 19¾"
Close up view of the tiger artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
Chinese Calligraphy and Japanese Kanji Wall Scroll
This means the spirit of the dragon and tiger. It speaks to the vitality and vigor that is the nature of these two creatures.
Beyond "spirit", the second two characters can also mean mind, soul, or heart. Therefore, you can also say this means "Heart of the Dragon and Tiger", etc.
This is often titled as "Ryukoseishin" in many Japanese martial arts.
In Chinese, this is pronounced "lóng hǔ jīng shén". In Japanese, it's "ryu ko sei shin".
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".
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 silk brocade wall scroll. Except for the use of a lathe to turn the wooden knobs, this wall scroll is virutally 100% handmade from start to finish (even the paper is made by hand).