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Bushido Code of the Samurai
Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scroll


Bushido Code of the Samurai - Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scroll
117.6cm
46¼"
50.9cm
20"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 32.2cm x 61.3cm  ≈  12¾" x 24"

Silk/Brocade: 41.9cm x 117.6cm  ≈  16½" x 46¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.9cm  ≈  20"

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武士道

The Way of the Samurai

Bushido Code of the Samurai - Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scroll close up view

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

During the 9th and 12th centuries in Japan the warrior class were known as samurai, also called bushi (knights/warriors - bushi hence bushido).
They emerged from the provinces of Japan to become the ruling class until their decline and later total abolition in 1876 during the Meiji Era.

These warriors were men who lived by Bushido; it was their way of life. The samurai's loyalty to the emperor and his overlord or daimyo were unsurpassed. They were trustworthy and honest. They lived frugal lives with no interest in riches and material things, but rather in honor and pride. They were men of true valor. Samurai had no fear of death. They would enter any battle no matter the odds. To die in battle would only bring honor to one's family and one's lord.

The actual code was passed on verbally to each generation of samurai, but over time, seven chief virtues emerged, and became the written form of Bushido.

Of course, credit is generally given that a Chinese man (known in the west as "Confucius") is the father of these values in China. Therefore, you'll find these concepts belong not only to the Japanese samurai, but have spread throughout Asia. Variations of these soldierly and moral values can be seen in China, Korea, Vietnam, and elsewhere.


See our Bushido Way of the Samurai page for more custom Japanese Kanji calligraphy options related to Bushido concepts.


About the calligrapher:

This was painted by a friend named Cao Zhang. He's a Buddhist calligrapher who currently lives in Lakeside, California with his wife, son, and daughter. His daughter and mine are schoolmates, and my wife can often be found at his special Buddhist meditation sessions.


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.

This item was listed or modified
Mar 24th, 2018

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Typical Gallery Price: $200.00

Your Price: $68.88