In China, the hanging scroll is an early tradition dating back to the development of silk during the Han Dynasty from 206 B.C.E. to 220 C.E. Generally, a hanging scroll displays a painting or calligraphy on silk or paper and is rolled up most of the time, expanded and hung only during special events and ceremonies. The materials are delicate and would fade if the scrolls were on constant display, making their moments of exhibition all the more special. In contrast to western paintings, which are viewed from a bit of a distance, hanging scrolls’ minute details are examined close up and read like a narrative. Some scrolls only display poetry and verses, some have images alone, and others are comprised of both image and poetry.