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A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step
Chinese Wall Scroll

A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step - Chinese Wall Scroll
A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step - Chinese Wall Scroll
155.5cm
61¼"
67.2cm
26½"

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Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 49.8cm x 93cm ≈ 19½" x 36½"

Silk/Brocade: 58.2cm x 155.5cm ≈ 23" x 61¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 67.2cm ≈ 26½"

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千里之行始於足下

A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step

Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step - Chinese Wall Scroll close up view

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

千里之行始於足下 is a Chinese proverb that means, "a thousand-mile journey begins with the first step."

This proverb figuratively means, "big accomplishments come from an accumulation of little achievements made one by one."

The pronunciation/romanization is, "qiān lǐ zhī xíng shǐ yú zú xià."

There is an inscription down the side that is about how Karma is everywhere or is the process behind all of life. It can be roughly translated as, "everything happens for a reason, and that reason is Karma."


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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