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Plum Blossom and Black Ink Bamboo Chinese Wall Scroll

Plum Blossom and Black Ink Bamboo Chinese Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 32cm x 67cm  ≈  12½" x 26¼"

Silk/Brocade: 41.3cm x 122.8cm  ≈  16¼" x 48¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.3cm  ≈  19¾"

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Chinese Black Ink Bamboo and Pink Plum Blossom Wall Scroll

Plum Blossom and Black Ink Bamboo Chinese Wall Scroll close up view

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

This might seem like an odd combination, but in Chinese culture, bamboo represents a gentleman, and the plum blossom represents the beauty and toughness of a woman. So this scroll is really about a couple.

About the artist...

The artist's name is línyuán (lín yuán), but his pen name is tínghuá (tíng huá)

The artists pen name means "Magnificent Courtyard" which may seem strange, but naming yourself after something good is normal for pen names in China.

Lin Yuan

The artist puts the finishing touches on some artwork

lín yuán was born in Liuzhou Town in Guangxi in 1975. By Chinese standards, this makes him a very young artist. But he has already received acclaim in Liuzhou as a member of the Liuzhou Artist Council. His work has also been seen a published book of Chinese artwork from Guangxi Province.

He tries to paint in styles that might have been common during the Qing and Ming Dynasties of China. I've seen similar bamboo artwork in Chinese art history museums from that period, and I think he's done a great job of emulating the style of that period. Of course, his is willing to try new things, as one of the bamboo pieces he created included a plum blossom in the background.

About the art...

This is a freehand style painting using black Chinese ink and watercolor paint on xuan paper (rice paper) mounted to a beautiful handmade silk scroll.

This item was listed or modified
Sep 21st, 2012

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Vegetable sellers in a Chinese village market

This is the weekly market in a large village.
The women are wearing traditional head dresses of their tribe. Each tribe has a different color and style of headdress.
These ladies told me that they traveled for two days on foot from their little village in order to sell their vegetables here.

South China Village Travels

When I travel from place to place I see a lot of things, and sometimes there is a bit of that "glamorous adventure" that you might expect. But there is another side, which is the daily necessities that we all need to live.

I always carry enough food for 2 days in my backpack. This food is intended for emergencies. However, sometimes this emergency food is eaten when the dining car is only serving pig's feet and fish-head soup during multi-day voyages aboard one of China's many slow passenger trains.

Lucky for me, even in the smallest village, the people there need to eat too. Most of the time I find a wide variety of vegetables and at least a few kinds of fruit for sale at a curbside market.

This is how they sell meat in parts of China

The people from more than five smaller villages come here once a week to sell and trade their wares.
This man walked a pig all the way from his village, and butchered it on site. The meat will all be sold and cooked today, so there is no need for refrigeration (or so they tell me).

Many small villages don't have restaurants, so it is important to be able to fend for yourself. I can usually get some boiling water from somewhere (There is always somebody nearby making tea in China, so there is never a shortage of hot water). Throw in some ramen noodles, a few cut vegetables, maybe some dried meat, and you have a soup of sorts.

A lot of the time, I ask for hot water from a villager (who is shocked to see a foreigner) and I am immediately invited to eat in their home with the whole family. Suddenly I am the "honored guest". In the village-culture of China, it is an honor to have a guest in your home. They would be insulted if I offered money for the food and hospitality.

If it gets late, they will offer me a place to sleep in their home (often you are given one of the best beds in the house, but I seldom take that offer as some family member ends up sleeping on the floor when this happens).

How Chinese ethnic minorities carry their babies

This young mother is wearing the headdress of her tribe, and the baby boy (prized because he is a boy) is wearing almost a crown-like headdress.

Sometimes a buzz starts in the village about the "visiting foreigner". I end up walking through the village with a dozen children following me down the street trying to practice English. In one case, I ended up teaching English in an elementary school for a day. The children had never seen a "white person" before, much less had a chance to talk to one - this fact seems to feed their curiosity and excitement.

By the way, there is no shortage of Children in minority villages of China. The "One-Child-Policy" does not apply to members of minority ethnicities. This allows for the small tribes and ethnic groups, as well as China's many minority nationalities to prosper and maintain their populations within China. It is the majority "Han-Chinese" people in the cities that must follow the "One-Child-Policy".

Another necessity is transportation. Sometimes things can get interesting in this department too. If there is not a "mini-bus" that comes near the village, I can often find a ride on a motorcycle, back of a truck, in a rowboat down river, or just hike. When I arrive in the next village, the adventure starts all over again...

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Typical Gallery Price: $120.00