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Be Like Water
Chinese Horizontal Wall Scroll

Be Like Water - Chinese Horizontal Wall Scroll
Be Like Water - Chinese Horizontal Wall Scroll
41.8cm
16½"
170.8cm
67¼"

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Be Like Water - Chinese Horizontal Wall Scroll living room view

This artwork will look great in your home or office.

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 117cm x 32.3cm ≈ 46" x 12¾"

Silk/Brocade: 161.8cm x 41.8cm ≈ 63¾" x 16½"


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上善若水

Be Like Water

Shàng Shàn Ruò Shuǐ

This quote is sometimes presented as, "Be like water".

However, this is an ancient quote from the great philosopher Lao Tzu. It basically suggests that the ultimate goodness and purity (in the world) is water. Many take this as a suggestion to be like pure/good water.


Not that this is written in the traditional right-to-left format (opposite of English). This horizontal wall scroll will take a careful placement of some nails or hooks in your wall. They must be the right distance apart and perfectly level so the scroll does not droop and hangs straight.


About the calligrapher:

Caobin 2017

I met Cao Bin years ago, and long before his fame. At that time, his wife was running a small house cleaning business. One day she was tidying up my mother-in-law's home in Beijing and overheard that I am in the business of selling Chinese calligraphy and artwork. She asked if I'd like to meet her husband who was a pretty good calligrapher as she described him with modesty.

The next evening, I visited his modest studio and saw some really nice calligraphy and great black ink bamboo paintings that he'd just finished. After a lot of tea drinking and chatting, I asked if I could commission a few pieces.

Through the years, I would occasionally buy a few more pieces, not realizing how famous he had become. I might pop by his studio, only to hear from his wife that he was down in Anhui receiving an award for his calligraphy (calligraphy competitions are comparable to the fervor that sports championships have in the rest of the world). It finally dawned on me that this man I had known for about 7 years was a premier calligrapher for whom books had been published featuring his work, and the recipient of numerous awards.

The best part is that I have guanxi (a word that kind of means "special relationship" in Chinese), he gives me better prices than anyone else. This really fits well with my philosophy to offer high quality Asian artwork that everyone can afford.

Ponytail Cao Bin

When I first met him, Cao Bin had a shaved head like a Buddhist monk. Years later, he has traded in that look for the ponytail that is expected of the eccentric Chinese artist

Frenzy of people watching Cao Bin

A frenzy of people watch Cao Bin create his calligraphy during a special event

Caobin in Studio

Cao Bin at his studio

Calligraphy Studio of Cao Bin

Full view of Cao Bin's calligraphy studio


More about the artwork:

This is painted on xuan paper (often incorrectly called "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to my workshop in east Beijing where the master mounter built it into a handmade wall scroll.

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