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Just posted those pics from Shanghai and coincidentally came across this article from Australia:

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Ci Mo Long Chuan Jian
29” blade, 37 1/2” overall

The pattern welded blade with a straight grain pattern & a dragon reaching for a pearl carved at the forte of the blade on one side & with characters reading “ci mo long chuan” (kill demons dragon well) on the other & with a central fuller running nearly the blade’s length & seven inset dots symbolizing the seven star constellation. Blade & fittings overall in very good condition with some minor areas of discoloration near tip, both sides, original grip wrap in excellent condition. Scabbard wire wrap loose & lost in places, needs replacing.

(From one of our old catalogs,


Chinese Man Wearing Hat 1870s


Archery Contest at the Court of Emperor Qianlong (reign 1736-1766)

One of the things I find interesting about this about this painting is the angle the archers are approaching the target from, they are riding towards it. In paintings of Qing battles, the mounted archers are always depicted riding straight at the enemy. So I thought it curious that in the military exam, the course is set up with all the targets at right angles, as in this image: As noted above, this painting is of an Archery Contest at the Court of Emperor Qianlong. The Emperor, a noted archer himself, appears to have been looking for more the standard display of skills. Perhaps they also shot while moving away from the target. While this might seem obvious, they is no period evidence that supports such a supposition.

For more information about Manchu Archery please see:


Female Chinese guerilla fighter armed with a Mauser C96 handgun, China, (1939)



by Sun Tianwei


Milly’s Temple, 2013

Zhang Huan (Chinese: 張洹; born 1965) is a Chinese artist based in Shanghai and New York. He made his B.A. at the Henan University in Kaifeng (1988) and his M.A. at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (1993). He is primarily a performance artist but also makes photographs and sculpture.  Source: wikipedia


Yao Wang? More like Yao DANG

I’m tired of seeing China so girly. Not that people can’t like that, I just like variation! ^^’



Permission to repost given by artist


Basic rules of Chinese stroke order. And when in doubt, just look it up. (Rule 3 vs. 9 and 10, for example, may seem to contradict a little bit.)


Inspired by a popular Chinese poem, the text displayed here means “people often cry because they can’t be with people they love and miss.” It is often set to music and heard during holidays, including Chinese New Year. Using the poem as a starting point, Gao made the text half filled to represent the idea of the helpless hoping that eventually will be washed away, and the only thing left is an empty shell.

42” x 170”
Chinese ink on paper with mixed strings


Huaniaozi by Li Chengzhong 李成钟

Huaniaozi 花鸟字 is a Chinese folk art which combines calligraphy with paintings. It’s developed from Han Dynasty 蔡邕 Cai Yong’s 飞白书 (also called 草篆) and mostly uses a different type of brush from other Chinese calligraphy. 

1 觀 view     2 森 forest     3 鳳 (male) phoenix    

4&5 舞 dance          6&7 虎 tiger