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Classic Koi Fish Wall Scroll

Classic Koi Fish Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 48.4cm x 98.8cm  ≈  19" x 38¾"

Silk/Brocade: 57.5cm x 154.7cm  ≈  22½" x 61"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 66.5cm  ≈  26¼"

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Big Koi Fish Scroll

If you love koi fish, this scroll is just what you need on your wall...

Classic Koi Fish Wall Scroll close up view

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

Please note that the paper used in this artwork is handmade. It's actually made to look old, and has been dyed with tea. You will see some fibers or husks embedded in the paper in various places, as well as minor color variation. This is not a defect, but rather proof of the handmade nature, and something that adds to the classic and traditional look of this wall scroll.

These fish are associated strongly with both Japanese and Chinese cultures. Beautiful garden parks in the cities around China are often graced with a pond full of these fish throughout the year. They are a very strong fish as they can be seen swimming slowly under thick sheets of ice in lakes during the brutal Winter of northern China.

Also, in Mandarin Chinese, "fish" is pronounced "Yu" which is the same pronunciation as the word meaning "wealth" or "being rich". So many Chinese people believe that having a painting of fish in your home will bring you wealth and riches.

Materials used are special black and red Chinese ink on rice paper. I took this artwork to the best scroll-builder in Northern China to have it mounted to this wonderful silk scroll.

The artist of this koi fish scroll and I

The artist is such a cool old Chinese man. He is 62 years old, but has the heart of a teenager. I always have a good time when I visit his studio. He gets as excited as I do when he is showing me a new piece that he has just finished. Then he tries to teach me how to paint (a futile effort). I always wish him long life and happiness when I leave. I really hope he lives forever, the world needs more people like Mr. Yu
(The not-so-Chinese-looking guy in this picture is me)

The artist's name is "Yu Gong-Quan" but his pen name is "Mao Zhi".

Yu Gong-Quan was born in Shanghai in 1941.

He studied art for many years in Anhui Province. After perfecting his skills he started his career as an artist.

For the last 30 years of his life, he has continued to develop his unique style.

He is currently a professor of art at an institute in Beijing, China.

This item was listed or modified
Feb 10th, 2009

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Come to China, Get Mooned by a Baby...

You may find this interesting, and many visitors to China are a bit shocked and bewildered the first time they see it. My job is to explain what's going on.

If you haven't been to China, imagine seeing a fully-dressed toddler, with a split in the butt of the outfit that allows a draft of epic proportions, by exposing some of the baby's most precious parts to the elements.

Maybe you're confused because all you see is a "baby butt crack", but Chinese parents see a way to have less mess, save money, and help the environment, while making their baby smarter - If I have your attention now, just read on to find out more...

It's a cold morning in Beijing, but this baby still has it's butt hanging out in the breeze.

I took this picture on a very cold morning near the end of a harsh Beijing Winter. Still, this baby has his little butt hanging out in the breeze. Read the whole story to decide whether you are for or against this "crack draft" policy in China.

No Mess No Bother

These traditional split-crotch-jumpers have been around for generations. Within months after birth, these special toddler togs eliminate the need for diapers, and the associated mess, clean up and laundering or disposal. Instead of changing diapers all day, parents simply find a toilet or out house, hold their child over the appropriate receptacle, and "let fly". The secret is to make regular bathroom breaks for your toddler (every couple of hours) and have a signal (such as light whistling) to let your toddler know it's "time to go".

Also, there's no need to spend time dressing and undressing your child each time that nature calls.

Baby "Crack Draft"
Saving the Environment and Your Wallet

China can not afford disposable diapers. I'm not talking only of the high price of disposable diapers, but rather the environmental impact of such diapers.

There are around 1.2 billion people in China, and about
18 million babies are born every year.

At a conservative three diaper changes per baby per day, imagine the results of 54 million diapers being dumped in landfills every day!

Due to limited resources and landfill space, China already recycles just about everything that you can think of. They simply can not handle mega-tons of diapers filling up their small trash dumps.

Therefore, it's very hard to find disposable diapers in China, and they are seen by many Chinese people as a wasteful and expensive "western luxury" that only foreigners (mostly just Americans) would dare to purchase and use. At the time of writing, as far as I know, you can only get disposable diapers at Walmart in China.

This Chinese Folk Art shows a typical scene of China baby butt

You'll even find a few examples of this Chinese practice in some of our folk art paintings.

Smarter Babies?

Another apparent benefit of this practice is the fact that Chinese babies master the art of toilet-training much earlier in life when compared to their American counterparts.

Summing it up

Now you know this practice saves money, saves the environment, and will have your child potty-trained at an earlier age.

The only downside is having to explain to confused non-Chinese people the important reasons why your baby is mooning them.

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Typical Gallery Price: $200.00