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Kingfisher Bird in Perched on Lotus
Chinese Wall Scroll


Kingfisher Bird in Perched on Lotus - Chinese Wall Scroll
Kingfisher Bird in Perched on Lotus - Chinese Wall Scroll
190.9cm
75¼"
49.2cm
19¼"

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 135.6cm  ≈  12½" x 53¼"

Silk/Brocade: 40.2cm x 190.9cm  ≈  15¾" x 75¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.2cm  ≈  19¼"

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翠羽

Kingfisher on Lotus Branch

A Kingfisher bird (翠鳥) sits upon a lotus stalk.

Kingfisher Bird in Perched on Lotus - Chinese Wall Scroll close up view

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

The title is 翠羽 (Cuì Yǔ) which means "Emerald Feathers" in Chinese. However, the kingfisher is known as 翠鳥 which translates directly as "Emerald Bird" in Chinese. So the title references the kingfisher depicted in the painting.

The inscription indicates that this artwork was painted in 2010 by Jian-Qiu at the Qing-Feng studio.


About the Art:

This painting has a simple muted background style but incorporates a lot of detail in the foreground subject of the artwork. This painting is a style Chinese artwork that has been around for thousands of years.

This artwork is completely hand-painted and is mounted to a handmade silk wall scroll in my Beijing workshop.


About the Artist:

The artist's name is WangjianQiu (Wang Jian-Qiu). He lives in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province in Northern China (about 5 hours south of Beijing). I was introduced to this artist's work at Qin Xia's studio in Jinan. This artist has been a long time friend of Qin Xia (You may recognize Qin Xia's name from artwork in our flowers and birds category). Wang Jian-Qiu also does some great detailed beautiful woman paintings, and occasionally does some landscapes for us as well.

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Aug 1st, 2018

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Gary's random little things about China:

Is "Oriental" politically correct?

Everyone is going to hate me for this, but here is the truth:

Some people who currently prefer to call themselves "Asian-Americans" woke up one morning and decided that "Oriental" is now a word to be used only for Oriental rugs, Oriental art and lamps, or any other inanimate object from Eastern Asia.

When I was teaching English in China, many of my students would refer to themselves as "Oriental", and I would correct them and say, It's better to say that you are Asian or Chinese rather than Oriental, but I was at a loss as to explain why.
My Chinese students were very smart, and came back at me with the fact that being from Asia was too broad a term, and asked if Persians and Saudi Arabians should also refer to themselves as "Asian".

I then had to make excuses for my geographically-challenged fellow Americans* who had long ago replaced the correct term of "Oriental" (meaning the bio-geographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines, Borneo and Java), and replaced it with "Asian" which in truth encompasses half the world's population - many of whom do not consider themselves to be of the same race as those from the Orient.
(For those Americans reading this and who've slept through their high school geography class: It's true, the whole Middle East, and half of Russia are located in the Asian continent)

But I admit I am not helping the problem. You see, almost half the people that find our website did so while searching for "Asian art" and I have done a lot to promote our business as "Purveyors of Asian art". So you can blame me too.
To truly be an Asian art gallery, we would have to offer artwork from beyond the Orient, from places like India, Persia (Iran), most Arab nations, and Russia.

Notes:

There are a lot of things that present problems in the English language.
Usually these problems are thanks to mistakes of the past.
That's why we have to say, "He's an Indian from India" versus "He's a Native-American Indian" (Thanks to Mr. Columbus).

Things to learn:
Do not refer to a Persian (Iranian) as Arab.
If you refer to an Arab-American as being Asian, they will look at you funny and possibly be offended.
If you refer to a person from India as Asian, you will mildly amuse them.
If you refer to a Russian as being Asian, they will pour borsch on you (my ex-wife is Russian, so I know this to be true from experience).
Using "Asian" to refer to a person from Singapore is okay, but they will later, as if by accident, mention that they are in fact from the most civilized country in Asia.

*We citizens of the USA call ourselves "Americans" which seems a bit arrogant to our neighbors who reside on the continents of North and South America. Keep in mind, Canadians and Mexicans are also from North America, but refer to themselves in more correct geographic terms.

Typical Gallery Price: $240.00

Your Price: $68.88