Ronin / Masterless Samurai - Japanese Kanji Wall Scroll
114cm
44¾"
48.3cm
19"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 30.6cm x 58cm  ≈  12" x 22¾"

Silk/Brocade: 39.3cm x 114cm  ≈  15½" x 44¾"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 48.3cm  ≈  19"

Ronin / Masterless Samurai - Japanese Kanji Wall Scroll close up view

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

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Ronin / Masterless Samurai

Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scroll

The Ronin have no master - The most famous are the 47 ronin created after their Lord committed suicide. This term was not exactly a positive title for the Samurai of ancient Japan. However, in recent years, movies and video games have glorified the term Ronin.

In Chinese, this term has the original meaning of a hobo, vagabond or ruffian. In Korean Hanja, these characters would be read as adventurer, wanderer, someone without a steady job, or someone who is wasting away time.

In modern Japan, this term is used as a nickname for a high school student who has failed a college entry exam (and is trying again).

In Chinese and Korean, the Japanese definition of "Masterless Samurai" is known because of the historical context, even in Japanese, the literal translation is closer to the Chinese and Korean definitions shown above.

If this is not the color or style you want, please note that we have lots of options for custom Ronin calligraphy wall scrolls here!


About the artist:

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".


About the materials and construction of this wall scroll:

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).