Chinese Paper Cutting, 32" x 32.5" x 1.5", framed

“Behold Thy Handmaiden”, is created based on the scriptural reference from Proverbs 31, the description of a virtuous woman.

The woman in the picture, holding a child, represents any virtuous woman, single or married, with or without children.  The phoenix on her dress is a symbol of virtue and grace.  In Chinese culture, phoenix can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons.  The design is symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife.

Surrounding the woman are designs depicting some of the attributes of a virtuous woman, as described in Proverbs 31, such as faith in the Lord, kindness, wisdom, diligence, etc.  The four Chinese characters on the children are Fu (福) – blessings, Lu (祿) – good fortune, Shou (壽) – longevity, and Xi (喜) – happiness.  These are some of the goodness that a virtuous woman would bring to her family and herself.

Lotus flowers are used as the decorative border. The lotus flower is regarded in the Chinese culture, as well as in eastern religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, and rebirth.  Even when its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the lotus produces the most beautiful flower.  These are the most unique qualities of a virtuous woman.

Behold Thy Handmaiden