Artwork Panel: 31.3cm x 31.6cm ≈ 12¼" x 12½"
Silk/Brocade: 40.4cm x 88.2cm ≈ 16" x 34¾"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.4cm ≈ 19½"
Close up view of the calligraphy artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll
This is the character "Dao" which is sometimes written as "Tao" but pronounced like "dow".
This is the base of what is known as "Taoism". If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path".
Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)
The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.
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).