Hand Painted
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100% hand-painted.

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Chinese / Japanese Kanji / Painting

LONG LIFE / LONGEVITY - Chinese / Japanese Kanji / Painting
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Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 30.6cm x 31.3cm  ≈  12" x 12¼"

Silk/Brocade Border: 39.6cm x 40.7cm  ≈  15½" x 16"

Information about how this Asian painting is mounted

Long Life - Longevity

This character is "shou" in Chinese, "ju" or sometimes "kotobuki" in Japanese Kanji, and "수" or "su" in old Korean Hanja. This means long life or longevity.

The Chinese pronunciation is similar to the English word, "show".

This is a popular gift given to grandparents and older people in China to show a wish that they live for a long time.

Maybe you can give it to your grandparents or another loved one to show your desire for them to live forever.

Link: Options for custom Longevity and Long-Life Chinese/Japanese/Korean calligraphy are available here!

About the materials and construction of this painting:

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 portrait with silk brocade border.

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".

This item was listed or modified
Dec 20th, 2016

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

Typical Gallery Price: $40.00