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Wuwei
Without Action
Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll


Wuwei - Without Action - Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll
145.9cm
57½"
57.5cm
22½"

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 wrinkle.

無 為

Wu Wei / Without Action

Daoist / Taoist Tenet

Wuwei - Without Action - Chinese Calligraphy 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:

More traffic tidbits:

Parking your car on the sidewalk is legal in most places in China. I am talking fully on the sidewalk, and fully blocking the sidewalk, so that nobody can walk there at all. After all, there is a perfectly good roadway for pedestrians and cars to share just past the edge of the sidewalk - right?
In many urban areas, there is a sidewalk parking attendant who will ensure that you park in such a way that no one can use the sidewalk at all. They will also charge a fee of 2 Yuan (26 cents) for up to a full day of sidewalk parking privileges.

The green light means "go". The Yellow light means "20 more cars should enter the intersection". The red light means "5 more cars enter the intersection and become a nuisance to pedestrians trying to cross the street".
Actually, the green light means "Try to go, but you'll probably have to wait for the yellow or red light before you get your chance".

If you get in a car accident, it's best to argue briefly with the other driver, and then both drive away. When the police get involved, everyone gets fined, and someone might lose their license. The fines are generally higher than what it will cost to fix your car, so hanging around to exchange insurance information is rare in minor fender-benders.
If your car is too damaged to drive away, you are screwed. The police own and operate all of the tow trucks in most Chinese cities. You will be fined, charged for towing, charged an impound fee, and may lose your license.

On long stretches of highway, police checkpoints are occasionally set up. They may be stopping drivers and summarily fining them for wearing sunglasses or talking on a mobile phone while driving. However, in the next stretch of highway, another police checkpoint may be issuing fines for driving without sunglasses.

Under certain circumstances, and if you are really unlucky, drivers who get in injury accidents while drunk may be executed. If you are caught drinking and driving just once, you will be fined, and will probably lose your drivers license for the rest of your life.
Thus, drunk driving has become very rare in China.

Typical Gallery Price: $90.00

Your Price: $39.00