Calligraphy on Paulownia wood – Aikido 「合氣道」
EACH CALLIGRAPHY IS UNIQUE.
This calligraphy of Aikido features the ancient kanji for ki : 氣 rather than the modern one (気), in order to give a more solemn atmosphere to the composition.
I tried to stylise the last kanji dō into a practitioner wearing a hakama and performing a throw.
About kiri (paulownia)
Kiri, known in the West as paulownia, or sometimes princess tree, is a lightweight wood that has a distinctive silky surface. It offers a beautiful contrast with black ink.
Kiri were once sacred trees in China, because people believed that phoenixes only perched on their branches. Due to these revered origins, the Japanese imperial family adopted the kiri flower as one of its emblems towards the end of the first millennium.
In Japan, it was also customary to plant a paulownia when a girl was born. Later, when the daughter married, the tree would be cut down and transformed into a dresser for her kimonos.
Nowadays, kiri wood is often used to craft furnitures, music instruments or gift box.
This calligraphy features a set of metallic hooks and wire for hanging. These can be easily removed and replaced with your own system or frame if you wish to do so.
– Japanese kiri (Paulownia) wood
– Japanese Ink
– Oil-base permanent varnish
– Metallic hooks & wire
Size: 105 x 35 x 1.8 cm
Weight: about 1.8 Kg
Kiri is a very lightweight wood with low density and is thus delicate.
Manipulate with care and avoid collision with other objects.
The item is protected with an oil-base permanent varnish, and requires very little maintenance.
Do not display under direct sunlight.
Wood is a natural material and can warp slightly over time.
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