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Baya – eight elegant pastimes

tea rain – 茶雨 cha yu


pastimes of the Song Dynasty literati


Set of 5 postcards 'Baya'. Mix and match with my other prints is possible.

€13,50 per Set, free shipping to Germany, €1,00 shipping fee to the rest of EU (standard letter via German postal service).

Culture and arts florished during the Song Dynasty in China. Literati gathered to do arts and compete. Eight pastimes were considered to be the most elegant, called baya.

qín - guqin - Nowadays, all string instruments are called 琴 qín, but during the Song Dynasty, it referred to the 古琴 gŭ qín ('old qin'). It is considered the instrument of the literati and sages.

- chess - Here, chess refers to the board game 围棋 wéi qí ('go'). All chess pieces are worth the same. The goal is to surround your opponents pieces with your own. 

shū - calligraphy - 书法 shū fă, writing with ink and brush, is still a popular pastime today. 

huà - painting - Chinese paintings show landscapes, people and animals, often only alluded to with broad brushstrokes. Unlike with Western paintings, the emphasis is also on the empty space left on the painting. 

shī - poetry - A literati is often measured by his ability to compose a poem (on the spot). Important events were often documented with poetry.

jiŭ - wine - Wine or alcohol was a fixture at lavish banquets or ancestral rites. It was also drunk to elevate the other arts.

huā - flowers - A lot of flowers have special meanings in Chinese culture. While flower arrangements tend to be symmetrical in Western styles, Chinese style favor an asymmetrical style.

chá – Tee – Tea culture reached its peak during the Song Dynasty. The most popular way to prepare tea was called 点茶 diăn chá, making tea from tea powder and water. This is the precursor of matcha. 

A postcard full of tea culture.

Perfect as a gift for a friend, a tea lover or for yourself.

A6 format (148mm x 105mm). Printed sustainably on 100% recycled paper (350 g/m2).

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