Artwork Panel: 53cm x 98cm ≈ 20¾" x 38½"
Silk/Brocade: 62cm x 154cm ≈ 24½" x 60½"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 71cm ≈ 28"
Close up view of the calligraphy artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
Discounted Asian Art
Reason for discount: Very minor spots in painting.
This is a unique form of calligraphy. It's a Chinese character that is made to look like an actual figure. In this case, an older man with a wispy beard holding a peach. Note that a peach is also a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture.
The large character is also a representation of "shou" which means longevity and long life in Chinese. Written in smaller characters is the title "shou bi nan shan" which basically means "May your life be as tall as South Mountain". In this case, "South Mountain" is a place were all the fairies and gods like in Chinese mythology. The beings of the legendary South Mountain live forever.