For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 32.4cm x 32.4cm ≈ 12¾" x 12¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.7cm x 41.7cm ≈ 16½" x 16½"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
Chinese / Japanese Kanji / old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Painting
This is the character that is Romanized and pronounced "Zen" in Japanese. This character actually means "meditation" and is often associated with a practice (and sect) of "Meditation Buddhism" or "Zen Buddhism". This character and concept originally came from China, where this character is Romanized and pronounced "Chan".
The form written on this painting is one of a couple alternates used in China and Japan:
This form can be considered the traditional Chinese and ancient Japanese form. Here's some info about the other ways to write this character...
In modern Japan, it's often written with three dots above the radical on the right:
In China, this character was sometimes written in an alternate or "shorthand" form: This form is now the official Simplified Chinese version, but this form has existed for over a thousand years.
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This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing, China. Materials are xuan paper (known in the west incorrectly as "rice paper") mounted as a portrait with silk brocade border.
This item was listed or modified
Mar 11th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
When you sit down to eat at a restaurant in China, you will almost never see a bottle of soy sauce on the table like you might at a Chinese restaurant in the USA or UK.
In Chinese cooking culture, soy sauce is a seasoning reserved for use in the kitchen.
The fact that soy sauce can be found at Chinese restaurants outside of China probably comes from westerner confusion between Japanese food and Chinese food.
The most popular Japanese food outside of Japan is sushi, which of course is always served with soy sauce. This is the most likely reason that soy sauce migrated out of the kitchen on onto the table at your Chinese restaurant in the west.