Artwork Panel: 31.5cm x 31.8cm ≈ 12½" x 12½"
Silk/Brocade: 40.4cm x 88cm ≈ 16" x 34½"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.4cm ≈ 19½"
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
Calligraphy Wall Scroll
This is the Chinese/Japanese/Korean character for "Ai" which is "Love".
This may be hard to imagine as a westerner, but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize the family & marriage.
The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is "xin" which is the character for "heart" in Chinese and Japanese. I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.
The strokes at the bottom create a modified "you" character which means "friend". (pronounced like "yo" - to call someone "friend" you'd use two characters and it would sound like "pung-yo" using English pronunciation rules).
I suppose you could say that the full meaning of "Ai" is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.
A simple phrase in Chinese in which this word is used is:
This is pronounced roughly "wha eye knee" using English words/rules of pronunciation.
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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".