For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 32.6cm ≈ 12½" x 12¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.8cm x 42.6cm ≈ 16½" x 16¾"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
Chinese / Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Portrait
This Chinese character is "hu" which means tiger.
In Mandarin Chinese this word is pronounced kind of like the English word "who".
In Chinese culture, the tiger is seen as the king of all animals.
Proof of this can be found by looking at another character "wang" which is written like this...
This character means "king".
If you have ever looked at a tiger face to face, you will see the fur on the tiger's head is in a similar shape to this "wang character" - take a look...
If you aren't Chinese, it might take a little imagination to see the symbol on the tiger's head, but anyone who speaks and writes Chinese will tell you that it's true.
This is a great gift for a real tiger-lover
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.
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
Mar 7th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
So after traveling to China, you have just finished your first meal in a real Chinese restaurant.
But the bill comes, and the waiter forgot to bring everyone their fortune cookies!
Well, actually not...
You see, fortune cookies did not come from China (at least not directly).
One legend has it in the late 1800s or early 1900s, a Chinese man running a noodle making shop in San Francisco accidentally mixed a bunch of sugar in his dough, and didn't want to waste it. So he made cookies and stuck papers with people's fortunes on them as a novelty.
In the end, it's really the Chinese visitors to America that are confused when the waiter brings them a blob of sugary noodle dough with a piece of paper stuck in it.