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Without Action
Chinese Characters Wall Scroll

Wuwei - Without Action - Chinese Characters Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 39.5cm x 83.5cm  ≈  15½" x 32¾"

Silk/Brocade: 48.5cm x 145.9cm  ≈  19" x 57½"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 57.5cm  ≈  22½"

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This wushu wall scroll is discounted because of a minor red mark in the upper silk panel.

無 為

Wu Wei / Without Action

Daoist / Taoist Tenet

Wuwei - Without Action - Chinese Characters Wall Scroll close up view

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

Wu Wei is a Daoist (Taoist) tenet, that speaks to the idea of letting nature take its course.

Some will say it's about knowing when to take action and when not to. In reality, it's more about not going against the flow. What is going to happen is controlled by the Dao (Tao), for which one who follows the Dao will not resist or struggle against.

There is a lot more to this concept, but chances are, if you are looking for this title, you already know the expanded concept.

Warning: Outside of Daoist context, this means idleness or inactivity (especially in Japanese where very few know this as a Daoist concept).

This scroll has an inscription that reads, 道常無爲而無不爲 and means “The Way is always 'without action' - Yet there is nothing it doesn't do.”
This is a bit confusing, but probably references the fact that the Dao (Way) does not require great action, but rather, we all follow a certain flow as the Dao guides us.

If you want to order a custom Wu Wei wall scroll, you can order that here: Custom Wu Wei / Without Action

Written by Master Calligrapher Cao Bin using Chinese ink on handmade tan xuan paper with hand-printed blue cursive calligraphy in the background.

This item was listed or modified
Jun 26th, 2018

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Gary's random little things about China:

I pee freely:

If you come to China, save your small change...
In Beijing, the government recently passed a law against charging money for using a public toilet.
However, in other cities and towns around China, expect to pay between 2-5 mao (about 3-5 cents) for the use.
Bring your own toilet paper, or expect to pay 5 mao for a small pack of tissue as you enter.

In my opinion, the best public toilet in all of China is at Tian'anmen Square.
This public restroom is not only clean, but also features its own gift shop.

Typical Gallery Price: $90.00

Your Price: $39.00