Artwork Panel: 31.1cm x 62cm ≈ 12¼" x 24½"
Silk/Brocade: 40.6cm x 117cm ≈ 16" x 46"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.6cm ≈ 19½"
Chinese Calligraphy Wall Scroll
This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation. It is the status of being worthy of honor (not to be confused with doing honorable things or specific actions).
See our Honor web page for more honor-related terms in Chinese and Japanese that you can order custom.
This is also one of the tenets of the Samurai. You may want to have a look at our Bushido - Code of the Samurai - Way of the Warrior web page.
Both modern Japanese and modern mainland Chinese use the same simplified version of the second character of honor. There is also a more complex, traditional version of the second character, seen in Japan before WWII and in China before 1949. The version on this scroll has always been a shorthand way to write this word (for at least 1500 years). Just don't be worried if you see the other version somewhere - they are both correct.
The traditional / old version looks like this:
The shorthand / simplified / modern version looks like this:
This calligraphy was created by Li Dan-Qing of Beijing. He's an older gentleman who has been involved with the art community of China, all of his life. Now in retirement, he creates calligraphy for us for sort of "hobby income".
The calligraphy was done using black Chinese ink on xuan paper (known incorrectly in the west as "rice paper"). The raw artwork was then taken to our Wall Scroll Workshop where it was laminated to more sheets of xuan paper, and built into a beautiful silk brocade wall scroll. Except for the use of a lathe to turn the wooden knobs, this wall scroll is virutally 100% handmade from start to finish (even the paper is made by hand).