Artwork Panel: 30.2cm x 85.8cm ≈ 11¾" x 33¾"
Silk/Brocade: 39.3cm x 141.5cm ≈ 15½" x 55¾"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 48.3cm ≈ 19"
Close up view of the calligraphy artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
yǒng bù fàng qì
The first character means "eternal" or "forever", the second means "not" (together they mean "never"). The last two characters mean "give up" or "abandon". Altogether, you can translate this phrase as "never give up" or "never abandon".
Depending on how you want to read this, it is also a statement that you will never abandon your hopes, dreams, family or friends.
This proverb was also adopted in Korea. These characters are also the ancient Korean Hanja form. In modern Korea, it's known as so this phrase is dual-language.
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 portrait with silk brocade border.
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".