For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 97.9cm x 52.5cm ≈ 38½" x 20¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 117.7cm x 62.9cm ≈ 46¼" x 24¾"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
This depicts men playing Chess (actually they are playing Weiqi, an ancient game of strategy).
The title of this roughly translates as "The Council of Chess". You could say that it means "An intense match between chess masters". After the title, the rest of the Chinese characters indicate the year painted (2008) and the artist's signature.
The artist's name is (Liang Dao) who lives in a village outside Guilin city in the Guangxi Province of Southern China. He specializes in artwork featuring traditional scenes of ancient life in China.
This item was listed or modified
Mar 11th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
If you are from my generation, you may remember the video game called "Frogger". It involved crossing a busy road while narrowly dodging cars and truck, often both in front of and behind you at the same time.
Well you can play real live Frogger every time you cross the street in China. It is perfectly normal to cross a four or six-lane road, one lane at a time. You stand motionless on the white, dashed line between lanes as cars and trucks whiz by you on both sides with only inches to spare. When the next lane is clear, you advance (there is no retreat in this game, that could get you killed, since drivers in China would never expect that).
If you did this in America, drivers would come to a screeching halt and think you were crazy (they might even tell you so, using colorful words and hand gestures). It is simply a different culture, or rather a different way of doing things in modern Chinese culture.