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|Evoke the spirit of age-old wisdom and knowledge with this sophisticated hand-painted scroll. Serene and austere, this lovely painting depicts a wizened Chinese sage as he sits in meditative repose contemplating the mysteries of the cosmos. Smiling softly, this scholar's face radiates an earnest and kindly persona as he delves deep within himself in search of insight and revelations. The artist's skill is apparent in the wispy strokes of the philosopher's beard, the soft creases of his traditional robes, and the simple yet striking blend of earth tones. In the top right-hand corner, Chinese characters are rendered in ancient "jia gu wen," or turtle shell script, so named because this ancient form of Chinese writing was often scratched into tortoise shells or other animal bones in order to preserve the author's message. The painting features an elegant gold-on-blue brocade paper border that accents the cool colors of the artwork with its textured arabesque patterning. A hand-carved roll bar of black lacquered wood ensures that this creation will lie flat against any vertical surface, while the durable satiny ribbon affixed to the top allows for convenient hanging. This tranquil painting, which comes packaged in a decorative and protective gift box, will look wonderful in your office, bedroom, or living room, and is sure to delight and mesmerize guests. Measures 48 inches high x 20 inches wide. AsiaEXP brings you artwork of exceptional quality from a variety of Eastern cultures, while simultaneously supporting talented craftsmen and their creative traditions. By purchasing this piece you are not only acquiring a beautiful creation, but helping to sustain the artisans and their cultural heritage. The handcrafted nature of this item will produce minor differences in design, color and sizing. Subtle variations will occur from piece to piece, adding to the unique quality of individual creations. Measurements may vary slightly.|