ZEN Japanese Kanji Character Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 32cm  ≈  12½" x 12½"

Silk/Brocade: 41.4cm x 88cm  ≈  16¼" x 34½"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 50.4cm  ≈  19¾"

ZEN Japanese Kanji Character Scroll close up view

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

禅 modern Japanese Zen 禪 ancient Japanese Zen / Chinese Chan 禅 modern Chinese Chan

Zen / Chan / Meditation

Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scroll

copper silk

This wall scroll has a nice copper-colored silk. This is a deep and rich color that goes well with a wide variety of decor.

This is the character that is Romanized and pronounced "Zen" in Japanese. This character actually means "meditation" and is often associated with a practice (and sect) of "Meditation Buddhism". This character and concept originally came from China, where this character is Romanized and pronounced "Chan".

The form written on this scroll is the version used in modern Japan. This version is written with three dots above the radical on the right: Japanese Zen Kanji

You'll also see this character sometimes written 禅 modern Chinese Chan This form is now the official Simplified Chinese version, but this form has existed for over a thousand years.

The third form is the Traditional Chinese form used in ancient China and Japan: 禪 ancient Japanese Zen / Chinese Chan

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About the artist:

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".

About the materials and construction of this wall scroll:

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).