$39 / A Pair
Size: 60” (L) by 16" (W)
“The ocean is a dragon’s world, the cloud is a crane’s home”. By General ZhangXueliang / Chang Hsüeh-liang (1898-2001), a famous Chinese warlord
China went through a period of profound transformation between the turn of the 19th century and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The Qing Dynasty was in its final years; a shadow of its former self and under threat from outside, by the Japanese and western powers, and inside, by a series of internal revolts. Long an insulated society that had kept the outside at bay, restricted to a few “treaty ports” and limited trade with the West. As the Qing Dynasty fell into disorder, as had many before it over the millennia, the influence of new ideas, and the existence of foreign powers seemingly more powerful than China, including the Japanese, began to make itself felt. These were the formative years of the Chinese leaders who would guide China through the 20th Century, including Sun Yatsen, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaop and a many writers and poets. One of the legacies of this time is a series of sayings coined by these men that reflect China’s traditions, including Zen Buddhism, and the new influences that began to make their way into Chinese culture.
We have been able to find a number of vintage scrolls collected over the years with a selection of some of the more famous sayings. These are phrases and philosophies that have served as a source inspiration for generations of Chinese.