Calligraphy 3 by River Han
Harsh Government is fiercer than Tiger, Calligraphy by River Han
printed on Giclée Hahnemühle Bamboo.
This is an article in Book of Rites《礼记·檀弓下》from Zhou dynasty, titled "The Tyrant and The Tiger", translation included below:
Confucius once passed by the foot of the Tai Mountain. There he saw a woman crying her heart out beside a newly finished grave.
The Master stopped and listened. Then he sent Tselu over to inquire of the mourner, saying, “Your cry as if you are in great sorrow.”
“True!” the woman answered. “First my father-in-law was killed by the tiger; then my husband was killed by the tiger; and now my son – he also died at the mouth of the tiger.”
“Why, then,” the Master asked, “didn’t you leave the place and go somewhere else?”
“But there is no tyrant here!” was the woman’s reply.
Confucius turned to Tsegon and said:”Mark it, my lad! A tyrant is worse than a tiger.”
This calligraphy was created in winter of 2009
by River Han
while residing in northern California